It’s a unique perspective on places people pass by almost every day.
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will unveil a new art exhibit on Friday called “The Art of Water” at the Cochran Gallery off Lafayette Square. The exhibit will feature photographs and paintings of areas surrounding West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River. There will also be a handmade, wooden kayak up for sale. All the pieces were created by local artists.
“The pictures are places not many people know about, but is very picturesque,”explained Henry Jacobs, Regional Outreach Coordinator with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. “They depict the lesser known side of West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River.”
Jacobs said over the past five to 10 years, both West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River has been rejuvenated, after being contaminated with pollution that was coming from the city of Atlanta.
“We addressed those issues, along with the West Point Coalition and the city of LaGrange, and the lake and river have seen improvement in the quality of water,” Jacobs said.
He hopes by showcasing the lake and river through the photos and paintings people will see what the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper does and why it’s important to the community.
Jacobs believes this is the first art exhibit in our area that is focused strictly on the Chattahoochee River. It’s also in conjunction with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 20th anniversary.
“I would like to see this become an annual event,” said Jacobs. “That local artists will want to take unique pictures or paint the Chattahoochee River. I hope we establish a tradition of appreciation for the river.”
In addition to the art exhibit, starting at 5 p.m., there will be food and live music in Lafayette Square. Around 8 p.m., the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will show a movie out on the lawn, titled “Who Owns the Water.” The documentary features two brothers who paddled the entire Chattahoochee River, and the people and issues they encountered along the way.
“I hope people are left with a deeper appreciation for not only the Chattahoochee River and West Point Lake, but creeks and streams that may flow through their backyard,” Jacobs explained. “I hope they see the impact that everyone has on the rivers. If they leave trash out, it may not affect them, but people further downstream.”
The “Art of Water” exhibit will open at the Cochran Gallery on Friday, and remain on display through June 20th.