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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Resident (R) and Non-Resident (N) mean?

Resident (R) means you live within Cobb County Limits. 
Non-Resident (N) refers to those who live outside of Cobb County. 

However, we welcome people from anywhere to participate in our classes, workshops and rentals. Join the fun today! 

How do I become an instructor for Sewell Mill Cultural Center?

Contact the Sewell Mill Cultural Center Coordinator Marie Jernigan at Marie.Jernigan@cobbcounty.org to propose classes.  Instructors are independent contractors who must become vendors with Cobb County and pass background checks in order to teach with us. 

How do I rent the Black Box Theater or Outdoor Amphitheater?

Our performance venues, the Black Box Theatre and outdoor amphitheater, are available to rent throughout the year for art related events and programming. These facilities help provide professionals setting to display and nurture arts development within the county. We do not rent on holiday weekends and do not reserve space without deposits. Rentals are subject upon availability of venue and staffing.  Contact Marie.Jernigan@cobbcounty.org for more information on pricing, availability or to schedule a tour. 

What ages do you teach?

We offer a variety of art classes for all ages! From students as young as 3 to Adults, we offer caregiver and me workshops to advanced art classes. 

What is your refund policy?

Cobb Parks 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.

What are your Covid Procedures?

As of December 22, 2021, masks are required in all county facilities.  Please check with the facility prior to the start of the activity for any additional updates and/or requirements. 

To stay up to date on the most current policies regarding Covid-19, visit Cobb County's Covid-19 Update Page 

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 Programming and General Inquiries. Marie can be contacted at: Marie.Jernigan@cobbcounty.org

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Brianna Harvey - Arts Recreation Leader

Brianna Harvey is a native of Tennessee, but she has been putting down roots in the vibrant Metro Atlanta area for years. Brianna is a first-generation college student, pursuing a degree in Earth Sciences at Georgia Highlands. Her admiration for visual and performing arts drew her to Sewell Mill, where she was welcomed with open arms. Some of Brianna’s favorite activities include visiting museums, exploring national and state parks, gardening, and drawing.

Contact Brianna for General Inquires, Class Registration, Class Information and Payments. Brianna can be contacted at: Brianna.Harvey@cobbcounty.org

 

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Instructors

Bill Ensign

After watching my wife Renee produce beautiful functional pots for several years, I finally decided to sit down at the wheel about fifteen years ago. Although my involvement was initially intended as a “stress reduction” mechanism from my full-time job as a biology professor at Kennesaw State, I found myself being drawn deeper and deeper into the world of ceramics.  The art and science of glaze formulation and firing appeals to my technical side, while the physical products provide a type of immediate gratification that was often absent in my work as an educator.  I’m drawn to strong functional pieces with surfaces that capitalize on the directional effects created in wood and soda atmospheric firings and I look forward to being able to explore this line of work more fully now that I have retired from my academic position.

I’m also excited to be able share my love of clay through teaching. As I’ve developed my own skills in clay, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from a multitude of talented ceramic artists.  As I work with aspiring potters on the wheel, I strive to “channel” whichever mentor’s voice seems most appropriate to the challenge facing the student I’m working with.

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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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Frankie Berryman

Frankie is a multidisciplinary artist and instructor based in Marietta, Georgia. He holds multiple instructor certifications through the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute and finds joy teaching first aid and CPR to both children and adults. He is pursuing degrees in Illustration and Psychology at Kennesaw State University and spend their time outside of teaching as a research assistant in the recovery field. He enjoys combining his passions for healthcare and art and is preparing to pursue a graduate degree in Art Therapy.

Frankie believes that everyone can benefit from artistic expression, and hope that their work inspires others to find their own voices and forms of communicating through the visual arts.

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Jeff Pergl

Jeff Pergl has been teaching yoga as a certified instructor for 14 years. His inviting approach make learning both understandable and achievable. He specializes in teaching those with little or no prior experience, providing modifications to poses when needed. Come have fun and learn what a mind/body yoga experience can be!

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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.​

Visit Marise Fransolino's website 

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Prodigy Performing Arts

   PRODIGY PERFORMING ARTS LLC is a dance and performing arts studio that prides itself on offering quality arts instruction while sharing the joy of artistic expression with every student. We strive to aid the development of young performers so that they will not only excel on the stage but will confidently express themselves in all areas of life. Dance lessons become life lessons such as putting forth one's best effort, advocating for oneself by asking questions, trying new things, practicing teamwork, and being bold, brave, confident, and prepared.

Our teaching staff has dedicated much of their lives to the performing arts, and it all began with our teachers making it fun. We were enthralled and inspired, loved and challenged. Passing on that legacy to our students is very important to us. Founded in 2006, Prodigy Performing Arts has been dedicated to enriching the lives of children in the Metro Atlanta area, sharing the art of dance, drama, music, and movement for 15 years. 

Visit Prodigy Performing Arts Website

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Reid Stevenson

 

Reid Stevens is an American record producer, singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, based out of Atlanta, GA. With degrees in Media Arts and Business from the University of South Carolina, Stevens founded the music production & promotion label, 33 1/3 Records, in 1999, to serve as a platform for releasing his work as a producer and songwriter. Since its inception, 33 1/3 Records has evolved into an agency that not only produces music, but also operates as a platform for exposure for artists and bands. 

Stevens recently produced Step Inside for 33 1/3 Records as well as singles, EPs, compilations & albums for artists & bands. Stevens has also been featured in the "At Home for Christmas" series, a global charity relief project assisting St. Jude's and Project Half Way based out of Myrtle Beach, SC featuring top national acts and recording artists for iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, wrote a jingle for an iPhone/Android app, had original songs "Dream" chosen as Dave FM's new music seminar, "Welcome To The Universe" chosen for UPN/WB television series & created music for AllTwang TV Music Web Series, performed original Songs, "Sunrise" & "Going Back To Old Days" for Comcast Artist On Demand Music Series, participated in CBS Competition series "Rockstar" (INXS & Supernova) judged by creators/ producers of hit television series Survivor and has performed alongside #1 multi-hit songwriters. 

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Tom Egan

Tom Egan has been a potter, avid naturalist, and whitewater kayaker for over 30 years.  His pottery focuses on the Japanese aesthetic of shabui which is often described as the perfection of imperfection.  This presents itself in his work in forms that are organic and pleasing to the touch.  His current work focus on bringing all of these influences together to foster the creation of moments of pure beauty in the chaos of the modern world.  This is accomplished through his approach to handmade objects, ikebana inspired flower arrangements, and exploration of diverse cooking traditions coupled with artistic and inviting table presentations.  All of these elements combine to make art part of life’s daily rituals.  As a teacher, Tom strives to provide a strong foundation to beginners while at the same time helping advanced students explore and expand their own personal aesthetic in clay.

 

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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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Gay Davis

My love for line dancing began two years ago on a day when I did not have any activity scheduled at my community center and line dancing was the only class available.  I had two left feet and was not good at all. The others in the class were very impatience with me and were annoyed at all the questions I was asking. With that being said, I practiced and practiced until I was doing so well that my line dance instructor asked me to teach her classes while she was on vacation. I am a member of the NTA (National Teachers Association).  I am constantly attending seminars to enhance my teaching capabilities and techniques. Along with learning the newest dances on the line dance scene.   On the teaching spectrum, I decided to take an easier approach to teaching and allow students to learn each week basic steps of line dancing and then incorporating those steps into the dances that I will teach in class each week.  I enjoy teaching students with little or no experience and watching them grow into great line dancers right in front of my eyes.  I am so excited to be able to share my love of line dancing at Sewell Mill Cultural Center.

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