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Local artist's work opens Hinesville museum
Historic, old jail in spotlight
One of Christina Mansfield's photography/paintings centers on a cannon.
The historic Old Liberty County Jail opens its first exhibit, "Golden Treasures of Liberty County," a multi-media exhibit by Christina Mansfield, this weekend.

The collection of paintings, mixed media and photography will offer a fresh perspective of Liberty County's unique landscapes and architecture through Mansfield's interpretation of the pristine places she has encountered.

"This exhibit expands beyond traditional tourism images, uncovering another level of experiencing the community and places that we know and sometimes take for granted," Mansfield said.

Originally from Fort Campbell, Ky., Mansfield, a Hinesville resident of 23 years is a proud member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Hinesville Area Arts Council, and a student at Brewton-Parker College, majoring in psychology. A mixed-media photographer and artist, she said she prefers acrylic but has used various mediums including oil, charcoal, and fabric. She enjoys the challenge of combining photo-imagery with acrylic paints and unconventional materials to create allegorical images and moods.

As a young girl, Christina became interested in art by watching her mother paint and watching, "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Norman Ross. While a student at Bradwell Institute, Mansfield was introduced to graphic arts, mixed media and photography and has refined her skills with life experiences and exposure to the world around her. Describing her creations as vivid reflections of human experiences, her figurative style invokes an idea behind each painting.

"The common theme, incorporating elements of beauty contrasted with strong statements are reflective of my interest in psychology and environmental science," said Mansfield, whose love of nature is often the subject of her in work depicting the surreal surroundings along the Georgia Coast and the South Carolina areas.

Mansfield said she is excited to hold her first public exhibit with "Golden Treasures," viewing it as an opportunity to provide learning, education, exploration, community outreach, and historical information about the area.

The "Golden Treasures of Liberty County" will be on exhibit at the Old Liberty County Jail at 302 S. Main St. from Feb 2-April 24. The exhibit coincides with the opening of the Old Liberty County Jail Museum, a permanent historic interpretation of the jail, built n 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum and exhibit is open to the public free and can usually be seen Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., excluding holidays. For more information, call 877-4332 or email

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