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The Art of Landmarks

by Luke Osteen


A beautiful pen and watercolor drawing of the historic Cornucopia Restaurant in Cashiers is this month’s Betsy Paul Properties Art Raffle to benefit the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department.

This portrait of the local landmark is the creation of Scaly Mountain artist Maggie Baxter Dearth.

She’s also created a striking painting of The Village Green Pavilion. Look closely, and you can sense the subtle energy that’s a feature of the Cashiers Crossroad institution.

Part of this subtle magic is a result of pure, unadulterated, something-in-the genes natural talent. Part of it derives from a lifelong passion for art and a constant honing of her skills.

Born and raised in Purvis, Mississippi, Maggie earned her Art degree at The University of Southern Mississippi.

“Even though I’ve lived here in Scaly Mountain for a year, I’m so inspired by what I’ve found here -- the mountains and the greenery that’s everywhere, that’s something I didn’t have growing up,” she says. “I love Main Streets of small towns, and of course, Highlands has a classic Main Street, complete with great architecture. You get that sense of community in Cashiers, too, with its Crossroads and The Village Green and all those great old buildings.”

And Scaly Mountain is a good fit for her, too.

“It’s quiet here, so after I’ve found inspiration, I can get right to work without interruption. You won’t believe how important that is to an artist.”

You can currently browse her collections at The Molly Grace and The Bascom in Highlands. Her most recent work is a homage to her new hometown, which includes a painting of The Highlands Playhouse that is featured on their current playbill. Above, you can see her painting of the Cashiers Cornucopia Restaurant.

Maggie resides on Scaly Mountain in the Highlands area with her husband, Timothy Dearth, and their canine, Warren G. To connect and correspond with her for commission work or original artwork, email her at maggiegeobax@yahoo.com, find her on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/makenicedesignco or message her on Facebook at Make Nice Design Co. and Instagram @makenicedesignco.

The benefit drawing of her Cornucopia watercolor-pen drawing will be held on August 31 at 5:00 P.M.

Stop by Betsy Paul Properties to view Maggie’s artwork and purchase tickets.