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About the Cultural Center

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About the Cultural Center

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 the 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.

Staff

Suzzanne Anicette - 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.

Suzzanne Anicette

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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.

Roxanne Thompson

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Zachary Reinert - Recreation Leader

Zach Reinert is a local artist and songwriter new to our team at Sewell Mill. Zach has been a part of numerous and varied ensembles over his life, from playing trumpet in his school years to gigging with local rock and cover bands more recently. During his time at Kennesaw State, Zach was the head of the local chapter of the Nashville Songwriter Association International and lead weekly workshops on the various aspects of songwriting. Zach has also worked on several independent movie productions composing scores, engineering audio, and doing Foley work. Zach is excited about his new position as recreation leader at Sewell Mill and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with fellow artists.

Zachary Reinert

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Zachary Reinert

Johnny Boddie - Audio\Visual Technician

Johnny is the in-house A\V technician here at Sewell Mill. He can be found running lights or sound for one of our diverse and exciting events, as well as performing routine maintenance on equipment, or doing whatever else we need him to do. Johnny is a graduate of Kennesaw State University’s Theater and Performance Studies program. He has several years of education and experience in lighting, sound, costumes, and set design and construction. Outside of Sewell Mill, Johnny is an actor, technician, and visual artist in the Atlanta area. He has also worked in stage management, directing, dramaturgy, and production management.  First and foremost, Johnny is an artist. He strives in everything to maintain grace, fluidity, and aesthetics in his work. He loves the work done at the Sewell Mill Cultural Center, and the positive way that it continues to share art, music, theatre, and learning with our community.

Johnny Boddie

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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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Colleen Casey

My first true memory of saving money to make a big purchase was in middle school. I knew I wanted to take photography, so I needed a camera before I started high school. I saved all summer and made the purchase right before school. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take my first photo class till I was a sophomore. I graduated from high school and went to SCAD to study photography. In college, I discovered so many other ways to make and to create. I started to work with fibers and with painting.

For graduate school, I decided to go three-dimensional and began to study sculpture and ceramics. My graduate work revolved around making ceramics pieces that looked like fabric. While I was in graduate school I also taught photography and AP portfolio at Wheeler High School. Upon leaving Wheeler, I opened an online fabric store and began traveling all over the county teaching Sewing and quilting.

I am excited to teach at Sewell Mill Cultural Arts Center and I look forward to sharing my time and talents with everyone at the Center.

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Tom Egan

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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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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Reid Stevens

Ann Wallin

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.

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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.