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Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome
Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibition at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will honor Sir Winston Churchill and his passion for art.

The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Rome museum. It will feature six of Churchill's paintings, as well as more than 100 artifacts that highlight his ties to Georgia.

Churchill began painting in 1915, when he was 40 years old. According to his writings, art helped pull him out of a dark time in his life and allowed him to become one of the greatest prime ministers in U.K. history.

"If it weren't for painting I could not live. I couldn't bear the strain of things," Churchill wrote.

Art historian Ernest Gombrich took it a step further, saying Churchill's "painting may have helped to save Western civilization."

Churchill visited Georgia in 1932, touring the state and lecturing. His ancestor John Churchill, the First Duke of Marlborough, trained Georgia founder Gen. James Oglethorpe in military tactics.

The Winston Churchill exhibition will close Mar. 15. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for Berry College students. Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit berry.edu/oakhill.