A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

The Columbus Museum has asked artist René Shoemaker to develop an exhibition of hand-painted silk banners to enliven our Galleria, an area that provides entrances to our permanent collection galleries, and which can be seen from our event spaces. The installation, which will be on view for a year, beginning August of this year, will be entitled A Sense of Place. Shoemaker will be taking the Chattahoochee Valley as her inspiration, discovering what makes the area unique to its citizens and visitors. What patterns in the area’s landscape are distinguishable and memorable, and how can the artist tease out the beauty of these sites great and small?

Shoemaker, who is a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, will be in the Valley February 8 through 15 to conduct research and produce preparatory sketches for her paintings. To help her decide where she should go and what she should see, we will be asking you for ideas over the next few weeks on our Social Media sites!

What is your favorite building in the Valley and why?

What ideals have shaped our region, and what buildings or places remind you of those ideals?

What place characterizes the way of life in the Chattahoochee Valley to you?

What places are associated with your own personal history?  What do you remember from your childhood?  Where do you meet friends?  Where did you find true love?

Tell us about a place where a prominent person has lived or worked.

photo credit: René Shoemaker |  http://reneshoemaker.com/


  1. Heidi Davison January 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I have been to Columbus once but remember there are some very nice homes just at the edge of downtown traveling south, I think. A lovely neighborhood with a median with older homes along both sides of the street – mostly bungalows. A very walkable area, too.

  2. Paul December 14, 2015 at 9:06 am

    The setting arnoud this home is breathtaking. If I lived there, I would plan everything possible outside so I could soak in the beauty of the landscape and setting. The statues are also interesting. I wonder if the variance in these were on purpose and with a specific meaning. Thanks for sharing!

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