2051 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30068
Suzzanne Anicette - Facility Coordinator (770) 509- 2743
Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center (SML & CC) is a Cobb County tax-supported Library & Arts facility. This unique hybrid facility falls under the Cobb County PARKS Department Cultural Affairs Division as well as the county Library system. While these 2 entities are separate, the partnership between PARKS and the library system unifies community resources to maximize the accessibility of individual amenities.
What We Do
We provide educational services in visual and performing arts in Cobb County. Striving to serve the community with exciting experiences throughout the year, we offer opportunities for venue rentals and grassroots programming for artists from preschool through professional levels.
At the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center, you'll find a Black Box Theatre and an outdoor Amphitheater stage, each with access to 2 indoor dressing rooms; 2 multipurpose classrooms; a pottery studio; an art gallery; a café area; and a library community room.
Our performance venues, the Black Box Theatre and outdoor amphitheater, are community resources for both internal and external arts outreach programs. These facilities help provide professionals setting to display and nurture arts development within the county.
Suzzanne Anicette - Arts Facility Coordinator
Suzzanne Anicette was born, raised and educated in Rochester New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester where she studied English Literature, Studio Arts and minored in French language. Ms. Anicette then went on to pursue a Master’s in Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. Suzzanne began her career as a Visual Arts teacher and served for 17 years in public schools, as an instructor within the Rochester City School District, Atlanta Public Schools and a Fulton County Charter school systems. She then transitioned her Arts education career to the Cultural Affairs Division of Cobb County PARKS in January 2018; which coincided with the opening of the Sewell Mill facility. She views joining the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center as the ideal venue to continue to participate in and present arts to the wider community.
Roxanne Thompson - Arts Specialist
Roxanne Thompson has been working for Cobb County PARKS. since 2014 where she started at The Art Station- Big Shanty in Kennesaw. She graduated with a BFA at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Printmaking and was one of the founding members and first president of the recognized student organization, KSU Print Club. She has worked with various galleries and studios as a preparator and assistant and has led workshops, coordinated volunteers at festivals, implemented classes and Summer camps, curated gallery shows, and is a main contributor to Sewell Mill’s social media and online presence.
Clair Irvin - Arts Recreation Leader
Clair Irvin was born in Chicago, but grew up in Atlanta. She received B.A. with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in Studio Art from Georgia State University in the Spring of 2018. Clair possess experience in Graphic Design, Photography, Oil-based Painting, Water-based Painting, Wheel Throwing, and Figure Drawing. She also has 2 years of experience in the graphic design field. Her work has been shown in the High Museum of Art Atlanta and the Mint Gallery. Clair's flair for design is a wonderful addition to the Cultural Center team.
Gabrielle Mari Kemp - Arts Recreation Leader
Gabrielle Mari Kemp, , was born and raised in Augusta, GA. Mari has enjoyed arts since childhood, participating in church plays, taking piano lessons, and singing in school and church choirs. Her passion for artistic expression led her to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. During her collegiate studies, Mari was a first alto in the Savannah State University Concert Chorale, touring and singing at various venues. She graduated with a BFA in Visual & Performing Arts with a concentration in keyboard. Shortly after graduation, Mari became an independent contractor with Savannah Chatham County, through which she taught beginner voice and piano lessons. She also directed and conducted for the Cloverdale Community Center children’s choir End of Summer Camp Concert at the Savannah Civic Center, and remains an active volunteer for the Savannah Music Festival. Mari is so excited to work with Cobb County and continue advocacy for community involvement in Fine Arts, as well as further developing her musicianship.
David Batley’s passion for photography began while serving in Southeast Asia with the military in the late 1960’s. He is recognized as a great teacher and has many years of experience passing on this passion and enjoyment to hundreds of students for over the past 15 years. As a photographer, he uses his skill to create unique images of all types, including fine art, commercial, event, or journalistic work. David holds a Masters degree in communication and design. He prides himself in sharing the challenge and fun of learning to develop a personal perspective for students.
Marise Fransolino, born in Brazil, received her Masters Degree in Product Design from North Carolina State University. She found her passion in ceramics over 22 years ago, and since then, as a Studio Potter, she continues to broaden her knowledge, researching new techniques and exploring the media. Her work has been featured in small galleries, gift shops, outdoors juried arts festivals and invitational art shows.
She has taught ceramics classes and workshops in many art centers in the Atlanta metropolitan area and in Brazil. As an Instructor, she hopes to inspire others to love ceramics as much as she does, by sharing her knowledge in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment. In each class, she provides step-by-step demonstrations and aids the students according with individual skill levels, encouraging independence and personal expression.
Camille is a Jamaican born artist who enjoys creating whether it be needle felting, painting, sewing, crocheting or knitting. She holds a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from The Savannah College of Art and Design where she attended aided by a portfolio scholarship. She has taught various subjects over the years and has run a busy Etsy shop since 2008. She currently teaches Art in the ASP program at various elementary schools and resides in Powder Springs with her daughter and two bunnies.
For 15 years, Vanessa has been a freelance graphic designer, web designer, and illustrator. She obtained an associates degree for 3D animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta after initially receiving her bachelor degree in chemical engineering. She has also been teaching character drawing classes and camps aimed at young students for about 8 years and recently started a traditional drawing class as well.
Vanessa hopes her students learn valuable art techniques while being entertained by the drawing process. She often jokingly tells her students "Failure is the path to success!" which reinforces the idea that constant practice, including all the mistakes made along the way, are what ultimately makes a successful artist. In her spare time you can find Vanessa watching Japanese anime, reading comics, playing video games, or teaching a martial arts class.
After moving to Georgia, Ann has devoted herself to pottery for more than 30 years. She has been producing pieces for galleries and for fine art and craft shows since 1986. At the same time, she has taught pottery techniques to students of all ages and skill levels. Also during that time, she studied privately with recognized pottery artists and attended various craft schools and workshops.
She has worked in all forms of clay such as porcelain and stoneware and has produced many pieces of functional ware. However, most of her career has been spent producing classic forms and shapes that spring to life in the wonderful iridescent and one-of-a-kind colors of the Raku process.
As a lover of all things art, Megan cannot decide which specific craft to concentrate on. She’s studied dance, theatre, world languages, and eventually decided on music and art for university. For the moment acting has moved to the front, but that could change at any moment! In her free time, Megan enjoys kickboxing, rock climbing, reading novels, and travelling. With her appreciation for all creative storytelling, Megan is delighted to have the chance to pass on the passion for art to the next generation.
Cobb County PARKS Withdrawal and Refund Policy
When the department cancels the activity, registration fees will be refunded.
To withdraw from a class that hasn't been canceled, submit a withdrawal request at least 7 days before the scheduled start of the class. You may request a 100% credit to the family’s account or a refund.
No refunds/credits will be given within the week prior to the start of the class, except for verified medical/hardship cases. Refunds for payments made by cash or check will be sent approximately 2-4 weeks after the refund is requested.
Senior Services Special Events and Trips are non-refundable.