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Hall County Farmers Market gets patriotic new artwork
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Frances Byrd's painting of a U.S. flag on wood adorns the side of the Hall County Farmers Market Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Byrd used marine-grade plywood and primer in 2016 when she created the piece so it could stand up to tough weather. - photo by Scott Rogers

A local artist has given the Hall County Farmers Market an extra touch of patriotism.

Frances Byrd’s American flag artwork now hangs outside the farmers market, facing Jesse Jewell Parkway. Byrd said she is glad it has found a permanent home.

“I really was very excited when I drove by last week and saw that it was up there,” Byrd said. “I’m very grateful that it got to be at a place where people can appreciate it, see it from afar and hopefully it will draw some attention to the farmers market.”

Byrd created the piece using marine-grade plywood and primer in 2016. She had to choose strong materials so the flag could stand up to tough weather.

“I was hoping that it would be able to be out in the elements for a long time, and it’s been out in the rain and the direct sun,” she said. “ … I’m hoping it will last a good, long time.”

The flag was previously at a gallery in Braselton and the sculpture garden at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

Much of Byrd’s work uses patriotic or Americana themes, and the Commerce-based artist operates Libertas Americana Art Studio.

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Frances Byrd's large painting of a U.S. flag on wood adorns the side of the Hall County Farmers Market Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Byrd used marine-grade plywood and primer in 2016 when she created the piece so it could stand up to tough weather. - photo by Scott Rogers
“As an individual, I’m very patriotic,” Byrd said. “I do a lot of work on liberty themes and individual creativity and individualism as a person. I just feel very strongly in personal freedom, so I think that comes through even in the work that’s not necessarily patriotic.”

The artwork welcomes people to the farmers market, which is celebrating its 48th year and is open Tuesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is at Jesse Jewell Parkway and E. Crescent Drive.

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Commerce artist Frances Byrd wears her patriotic boots to the Hall County Farmers Market Tuesday, May 28, 2019, where her painting of a U.S. flag is hanging on the side of the Hall County Farmers Market. - photo by Scott Rogers
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