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Mildred Nix Huie

by Carey C. Giudici

Mildred Nix Huie not only lived to the age of 93; she did it in grand style. The beautiful artwork around you is just part of the legacy of this well-known local artist who also found time to be a teacher, media executive, regional author and gallery founder. As a youngster in Savannah she'd studied citizenship directly from Juliet Gordon Lowe (Girl Scout founder). In 1950 Albany named her Woman of the Year for many good works such as helping start Albany's Easter Seal Rehabilitation Centers and what is now Darton College. And since 1964, local artists get valuable public exposure at Ms. Huie's The Left Bank gallery (today managed by her daughter Mildred Huie Wilcox).

In addition to writing about local history and painting, she would become famous for the life-sized soft sculptures or parlor dolls which were featured on "60 Minutes." And at the tender age of 90 she took up photography!

Like many people of outstanding achievement, Ms. Huie turned early misfortune into opportunity. She began painting along with her other daughter Carlton, who used painting and drawing for their therapeutic value. Mildred Huie would go on to study art in Rome and England. Famed gallery owner Leo Castelli said her paintings--featured in over a dozen one-woam shows as well as at the Gallery--were "delightful, professional and painted with deep feeling."

She combined her love of Golden Isles history and art to produce a series of "little plantation books," illustrated histories still available at local bookstores.

Her lifetime of civic involvement included support of groups such as the St. Simons Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Inner Wheel, the Roundtable, and the Mozart Society. But when asked to name her most notable achievement, she was quick to brag on her children: "The creation of children is a miracle for any person," she said with her characteristic inclusive perspective. And she passed on to her children and grandchildren an interest in art, writing, and community work.

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