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Bushy Tail Art Trail

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Tiny squirrel dining spots can be found scattered around Henry County as a public art display that is fun for all ages. Follow the Bushy Tail Art Trail to find these adorable, highly stylized works of art at locations throughout the county.

Whether you are a fan of public art, a nature lover, a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll enjoy exploring these spots! Use the grid below or plan your route using this map.* Don’t forget to take pictures and tag #BetterExplored for a chance to be featured on Visit Henry County, GA’s social pages!

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Small picnic table with squirrel painted on back and top and benches painted green like grassKnown in the community as “Susie Q”, Susie Aruffo has been creating art for over 35 years. She loves to paint on canvas, stone, wood, and murals creating magical landscape, animals, angels and flowers. Her work can be found at BarnBeautiful and PitBoss BBQ located in Stockbridge, Georgia. In addition to creating works of art, Susie teaches private and group painting lessons. McBrayer Park
Alice in Wonderland themed tiny picnic table with tea cups and a rabbitA graduate of the Portfolio Center, Mia Broder is a freelance graphic designer living in Stockbridge. Mia is a talented mixed media artist with works displayed throughout Atlanta. Mia also developed a thriving art program for the women of Haven House, a local domestic abuse shelter.
Henry County Welcome Center
small picnic table with squirrel and cardinal painted on itIvonne Santos Ewers was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and has lived in the United State since she was thirteen. For the last several years, the Locust Grove resident has worked with the Henry Arts Alliance, Visual Arts Collective and the Arts Clayton Gallery. Inspired by the works of her mother, also a painter, Ivonne likes to paint political images, architecture, religion, and the human condition. Her mediums of choice are oils, acrylics, watercolors, and ink.
Chase Maddox Park
Small picnic table with cartoon squirrel holding a soccer ball with the table top looking like a soccer field Domini Re-Darling retired from the Visual Art teaching profession in 2010 after 30 years in the classroom at the middle and high school level in Dekalb, Clayton, and Henry County, this Hampton native’s work has been featured at the Georgia State Capitol, the Governor and Secretary of State’s offices, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, NAEA National Headquarters, Windsor Gallery, Arts Clayton Gallery, Piedmont Henry Hospital, Eagle’s Landing Country Club, Hampton City Hall, and the UGA Terry Business School in Atlanta, and in numerous VAC, GAEA, and UGA Alumni shows throughout the state. Her work in various media and genre focuses on the beauty of the world around her home environment as well as her travels.
North Mt. Carmel Park
Small picnic table with 3D tree growing out of backGreg Horton is a founding co-chair of the Henry County Artist Consortium and owner of BarnBeautiful in Stockbridge, Georgia. Greg is a self-taught artist and woodworker. Greg’s artwork uses reclaimed barnwood, nails, fence wire, roof tins and other repurposed materials. He adds stains, resins, and other finishes to create unique work, while still preserving the character of the old wood. Committed to not only his own works, BarnBeautiful features over 20 local Henry county artists and artisans in the retail gift shop and gallery. Panola Mountain State Park *along PATH trail near Upper Alexander Lake
small painted picnic table with planes painted on it and a landing strip painted on top Shanna H. Amoah is the owner of Party-By-Design, a canvas painting, arts/entertainment business for children and adults. Party-By-Design offers In-Studio sessions, DIY at home paint kits to go, Virtual paint parties online and Mobile paint parties offsite. Her family has resided in Henry County for 20 years. Her previous career path was in IT Operations and Product Management.
J.P. Moseley Park *paved trail near track
small painted picnic table with a squirrel the words Nut Bush Cafe Sponsored by: Stockbridge Main Street ProgramVele Keyta Redding has been creating art in some form since she was six years old. In addition to Faceries©, her digitally illustrated collection of women’s faces, she also owns a publishing company and a company that designs ladies’ jeans. She holds a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and an MBA in International Business. During her journalism career she had the opportunity to interview such people as Maya Angelou and Pope John Paul II. Her current illustrations can be seen online at faceries.com and at local retailer BarnBeautiful in Stockbridge.
Stockbridge Amphitheater
small picnic table with squirrel painted on back and small bat and ball on tableCarolyn Fuller and her business Carolyn Fuller Art is family-owned and operated in Locust Grove, Georgia. She has been a member of the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County and Henry Arts Alliance, Inc. since 2000. Her artwork is shown on Fine Art America. She participates in Henry Arts Alliance's "Art in Unusual Places", such as a rotating exhibit at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, GA. Carolyn participates in various other events such as Henry Arts Alliance's Christmas with the Arts in McDonough, and shows at the Hapeville Farmers' and Artisans' Market in Hapeville, GA.Warren Holder Park
small picnic table with gray top and painted squirrel and cardinalAnita Redic is a life-long artist who has lived in Stockbridge for over 20 years. She began painting old ads trying to liven up the outbuildings in her backyard. She soon discovered how much she enjoyed working on wood. She finds beauty in all nature has to offer and when Anita’s not painting, she is usually with one of her rescued cats or dogs. Village Park at North Henry
military themed small picnic tableKoren Conrad is the owner of two The Creativity Cafe locations, with the original located in McDonough, GA. She is also the co-chair of the Henry County Artist Consortium. Heritage Park
small gray picnic table with owl stickersA Stockbridge resident, Kay Ridge studied under professional artists Testsuo Kobayashi, Albert Handel and Desmond Hogan. With a background in oils, she prefers the texture and versatility of pastel applied to various surfaces. Kay is a signature member of excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society.Clark Community Park
tiny picnic table painted with green and white swirls and mounted to a treeSponsored by: Stockbridge Main Street ProgramOriginally from the UK, Alison Keating worked in the Middle East and traveled extensively, absorbing different cultures, sights and experiences, some of which influenced her paintings. Upon retiring in 2014, she had the luxury of devoting her time to painting without distraction. Her preferred medium is mixed as it gives texture and depth, but for the larger pieces, acrylic is used.Reeves Creek Trail
Sponsored by: Stockbridge Main Street ProgramElizabeth McPhetridge is a local artist who has a BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She lived and worked professionally in New York City for 7 years and has found her way back to her home roots. She now teaches art at the high school she graduated from, Stockbridge High School. Go Tigers!Memorial Park
small picnic table with various art supplies and you are my sunshine burned in the table legsSponsored by: Henry Arts AllianceCindy Ellis is a Visual Art teacher at a local Christian school. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Art Education and began teaching in 2017. She enjoys working with found materials, watercolor, charcoal, and ceramics. She has developed a passion for pyrography by collecting old barn wood and experimenting with designs using wood burning methods.Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Sponsored by: Drip-Thru CoffeeOriginally from Caracas, Venezuela, Herly Terant moved to Florida in 1980, where
she studied Fine Arts at Miami-Dade College. Herly developed an interest in the visual arts from an early age. As a six-year-old, she had her first collective art show at a major fine arts museum. She was also given the task of painting murals and posters for her elementary school. As a young adult, Herly trained under a master artist. During that time she acquired a preference for using the palette knife instead of the brush. She later majored in fine arts at Miami-Dade College, where she worked with many media including sculpture and printmaking. In addition to being a commissioned portraitist, Herly also worked in the fields of art conservation and restoration, as well as a graphic designer for 23 years. Herly currently resides in McDonough, Georgia.
Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center - Blue Trail
Sponsored by: Holiday Inn & Suites StockbridgeKaren Waters Johnson is a local artist creating abstract and figurative expressions. Karen retired from a corporate marketing career and promptly returned to her authentic self with brushes and canvases at the ready in her studio with long anticipated images to interpret on canvas. Karen is a member of the Visual Arts Collective (VAC) of Henry County and Henry Arts Alliance. The Gathering Place at Atlanta Motor Speedway
small painted picnic table with red and white checked top and green benchesSponsored by: Locust Grove Main Street ProgramEileen DevineClaude Gray Park
small painted picnic table with sun and red sunbeamsSponsored by: Locust Grove Main Street ProgramBorn in Panama City, Florida into a military family, Renee Crouser has had the opportunity to experience many countries and cultures. Her joy for drawing and painting became evident very early on and turned into a spirited lifelong hobby.
Renee paints with several media such as pastel, watercolor, pencil, and oil. Being a self-taught and independent artist allows her the liberty to express herself through them all. Renee attends various art groups to share information and techniques and strives to improve her skill with every painting.
Renee is both a drawer and a painter. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Central Florida. Her work is currently represented by the Andy Davis Art Gallery at the Hood Street Art Center in McDonough, Georgia and scheduled for an exhibit at the Leesburg Art Center in Leesburg, Florida. Renee is a resident artist and works from both her studio at the Art Center and from home.
Locust Grove City Park
natural stained small table with string art squirrel Sponsored by: Stockbridge Lakes Bed & BreakfastCaroline Chamberlain was born and raised in GA and describes herself as someone who has always been crafty. She started working on string art around 2017 and would give her art as gifts to friends and family. She started Caroline's Customs in 2019 shortly after completing college, and creates unique and customizable string art. She has created items such as school logos, company logos, pets, and more! Stockbridge Lakes Bed & Breakfast
Sponsored by: Boba Lubu TeaJoni Duffey lives and works in Henry County. Her medium is acrylics on canvas as well as watercolor. Joni chooses ornate frames to showcase much of her art as each piece has a specific character and personality. She enjoys painting landscapes, trees and bodies of water. Although she doesn't choose one style or genre over another she likes to incorporate many
different ideas and options into her work. Her work tends to be moody at times and she likes to experiment with darker variations in her paintings. Usage of vibrant colors are also incorporated in most of her work.
Along with Painting she has interest in refurbishing furniture, and repurposing items for home decor along with crafting and creating ornate gifts.
Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum
small picnic table with painted wave and sun and surf boardsSponsored by: Todd A. Schmidt, M.D.Steph Calvert is a friendly one-eyed illustrator with a boisterous laugh and over 20 years of experience working as a professional artist and designer. She lives in McDonough, Georgia (just south of Atlanta) with her husband Josh, their two ridiculously funny kids, and a pile of happy rescue animals.
Steph creates art infused with fun, bright colors, hand-lettered typography, and cute expressive characters. Major strengths include digital painting with a retro gouache vibe, classic line drawings, and the sense of humor that comes from watching Airplane, Spaceballs, and Blues Brothers 5,000 times as a kid. She creates digital pieces using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate; she works offline in a variety of drawing media and paints.
Piedmont Henry Hospital - South Tower Entrance
Sponsored by: The Creativity Cafe and Party-by-Design Kima Whipple-JacksonCamp Brewing Company
small picnic table painted with mountains, a tree and a wave on a teal blue-green backgroundSponsored by: Welcome Home Creamer & CoffeeKyle RobertsonDowntown Hampton - across from Welcome Home Creamery & Coffee
Small picnic table painted with cushions and place settings with a window sceneSponsored by: Albert G. Bantley Law FirmBrynna BantleyRum Creek Golf
Dottie Eskew enjoys creating narrative, mixed media art as well as watercolor and oil paintings. A Henry County native, she graduated from Henry County High School, earned her B.F.A. in Visual Arts at University of Georgia, her art education certificate at University of West Georgia, and her M.A.Ed. at Georgia State University. After an extensive career in graphic design, she became an art educator and taught in Henry County Schools at Pleasant Grove Elementary (as Dottie Cordobes) and later at Ola High School from where she retired in 2016. Now, she creates art for personal enrichment, and retirement has brought additional pleasures including tap dancing, traveling, photography, writing, and enjoying delightful adventures with friends and family.
Dottie’s whimsical creation on the Bushy Tail Art Trail is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”. Perhaps someone might entice a squirrel or two by adding some real sunflower seeds to those that are painted onto the picnic table!
Holiday Inn & Suites Stockbridge
small picnic table with selfie spotSponsored by: Holiday Inn Express - Locust GroveAnna Grace DessorHoliday Inn Express - Locust Grove
small picnic table with blue background with afrocentric designSponsored by: The Georgian GalleryZerric ClintonSandy Ridge Park BMX
tiny picnic table with red and green African inspired art with two figures on backboardSponsored by: Hampton Main StreetBernard GoreEast Hampton Park
Small table with painted hearts and squirrel tailKim Donald is a native of Henry County and is the fourth generation to live and raise her four kids here. She has been a teacher for most of her career and started teaching art in 2009 in a small Christian school and has never looked back. She currently teaches art in two schools, Our World in McDonough and HOME of Fine Arts in Morrow. All children need to experience art. Creating art should have no limitations. Everyone gets to come to the art table. She believes the Creator created us to create and gives her students every opportunity to create. She has been growing her own art form over the past five years and Small Blocks of Wisdom came out of this desire to go back to creating. She creates art from old boards using stain, metal parts, jewelry parts or other metal pieces she finds or purchases from the hardware store. She is currently focusing on art that moves or has texture of some kind. As a mother of a sensory child makes it is really important to her that she creates art children can feel. Sensory children are a hands-on crowd and just looking at the art does not work for them. She appreciates every opportunity to share her art with others, especially her sensory friends.Nash Farm Park
small picnic table with stain glass peach Sponsored by: BarnBeautifulSabine FryeSouthern Belle Farm