The focus of Kehla's project was environmental cleanup and the focus of Natalie's project was science education for children. This award demonstrates their commitment to helping others, improving their community and the world, and becoming the best that they can be.
Happy birthday to Dik Wesson of Marietta who turned 75 years young on Jan. 7. Wesson is the son of Robert Shaw Wesson who was born in 1902 in Worcester, Mass. Robert graduated from Harvard University Dental School in 1928 and worked professionally in Boston. Though he never received formal training in art, Robert was also a gifted photographer and artist who painted landscapes, sea scenes and portraits.
According to Dik, his father once sold a painting for $300 to the Snow's Clam Chowder Corporation to be used for a calendar. The following year, a Snow's advertising campaign produced calendars that sold for $1 each plus a label from a Snow's product. Dik said that Snow's sold more than 1 million copies of the calendar that included Wesson's painting.
Prior to his death, Robert was commissioned, but never completed a painting of the first public demonstration of the use of ether at Massachusetts General Hospital. The work depicts Wm T. Morton, a dentist, demonstrating the anesthetic in 1846. Dik believes that the photo hangs in the offices of the American Dental Society in Chicago.
Speaking of art, original watercolors by award-winning artist Jan Ross are on display in the Diana Brehm-Williams gallery at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce at 240 Interstate North Parkway from Jan. 5 to March 1. The exhibit is free. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan's remarkable paintings have been included in more than 300 juried exhibitions and invitationals across the U.S. and internationally. Her work has been included in numerous exhibits at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and featured in the Marietta Daily Journal among other publications.
Fashion spotlight of the week: Sporting a sassy new bob hairstyle, there was no match for Amy Kraieski of Marietta.
Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Sally at (770) 425-7122.