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About the Cultural Center

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About the Cultural Center

2051 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30068

Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center- 770-509-2711

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.

Classes and Upcoming Events

Holiday Workshops Now Open for Registration! 
 

 

Staff

Marie Jernigan - Coordinator

Marie Jernigan started her journey with Cobb County Parks in 2012. Being a Georgia Peach, Marie naturally attended university at Kennesaw State where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts, concentrating in the wonderfully messy art of ceramics. Most days, Marie can be found programming events, classes and the gallery at the Sewell Mill Cultural Center. However, when she’s not crushing it at work, she is enjoying geeking out by playing board games, D&D and dreaming of being a karaoke rock star.

Contact Marie for Rentals, Facility Information, Classroom Programing and General Inquiries. Marie can be contacted at: [email protected]

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Headshot of Marie (woman) smiling.

KC Nugent - Arts Recreation Leader

KC Nugent is a fresh-face in the PARKS family, jumping head first into the mix in Summer ‘21 where she had the pleasure of being an Instructor of many of Sewell Mill’s Art Camps. Whether painting abstracts, drawing strange faces, making strawberries out of clay, experimenting with printmaking techniques, or just plain ol’ doodling, art is in every part of her life. After graduating with a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Kennesaw State University in Spring of 2020, the idea of passing on her passion for art to the kids of the next generation drew her to Sewell Mill, where the love and warmth she found allowed her to fall in love with that passion all over again.

Contact KC for General Inquires, Class Registration, Class Information and Payments. KC can be contacted at: [email protected] 

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Instructors

David Batley

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.

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Batley, David

Audi DeOliveira

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Autum DeOliveira

Tom Egan

Marise Fransolino

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.​

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Marise Fransolino

Jodi Kempany

Julie Mazzoni

Camille Morgan

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.

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Camille Morgan

Vanessa Sebastian

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.

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Megan Zhang

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.

 

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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.