Our October 22, 2015 meeting of the Columbus Artists' Guild was held in the auditorium in the Columbus Museum. Michael McFalls, Director of Pasaquan, gave us some insight into how and maybe why 2,000 pieces of of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and drawings are housed at Pasaquan, which includes six buildings that are also pieces of art.
Eddie Owens Martin,
also known as St. E.O.M.
had a vision for an art site in Marion County, GA around 1957.
Pasaquan is a 7-acre compound near Buena Vista, Georgia. It was created by an eccentric folk artist named Eddie Owens Martin, who called himself St. EOM. An internationally renowned art site, it consists of six major structures including a redesigned 1885 farmhouse, painted concrete sculptures, and 4 acres of painted masonry concrete walls. In September 2008, Pasaquan was accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Covering seven acres, the Pasaquan Artscape includes six buildings, the oldest of which is a late-nineteenth- century farmhouse. The buildings are connected by painted concrete walls, which often feature raised sculptural elements. St. EOM, who committed suicide in April 1986, bequeathed Pasaquan to the Marion County Historical Society. Six years later the historical society formed the Pasaquan Preservation Society, which continues to preserve and develop the site for public display. The Marion County Historical Society also arranged for the placement of St. EOM's work in a number of museums around the country, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. In Georgia, St. EOM's work is part of the collections at the Albany Museum of Art in Albany and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
More information about Pasaquan can be found at Wikipedia.
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