Antiquarian Society of Gadsden holds meeting


The Antiquarian Society of Gadsden held its first meeting of the year at the Gadsden Country Club. President Susan Copeland welcomed returning members and introduced new members. The new members of the Antiquarian Society are Tricia Blount, Teresa Clifton, Cherie Cornelius, Donna Garner, Sandra Hill, Debbie Leach, Lisa McCartney, Sara McClendon, Penny Pine, Neita Taylor, Jeannell Twilley, Kris Weeks and Barbara Wester.
Doris Bennett gave the invocation. A brief business meeting was held where Teresa Rhea read the minutes and Pattye Woodall gave the treasurer’s report. President-elect Fran Hawkins introduced the speaker, Patricia McClean.
McClean presented a slide show entitled “Decorating with Antiques” that shared beautiful photographs from several of her classic and lovely design projects. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Furnishings and Interiors, McClean established her interior design firm in Atlanta in 1985. She loves Show Houses and has participated in eleven Atlanta Sumphony and two Cashiers, North Carolina Historical Society Show Houses. Governor Sonny Perdue and the First Lady selected her for the restoration of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Ballroom. McClean was retained by the St. Regis Atlanta to design the Traditional Model Homes at the Regis Residences in 2011 and 2013. She has studied abroad and travels extensively for inspiration but considers herself a true American designer. Antiquarian members enjoyed viewing the gorgeous space created by the talented and enthusiastic designer.
The November meeting was with Albert Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, as guest speaker
Submitted by Becky Owen, publicity chairman

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