Barbara Jean Polivka Omerod began her journey back to the world of art, after thirty-five years in the legal field.
Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachians, Ms. Omerod studied art while attending Bellaire Public Schools. She earned a scholarship awarded to high school students, by Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, to attend a two-week workshop at its College of Art. While working closely with the university’s art instructors, she learned the joy of working “out-of-the-box”, and using many mediums.
Many years later, and after moving to Newnan, Barbara uncovered a set of pastels and supplies, given to her earlier, by Arleen Cramer Omerod (her step mother-in-law), an accomplished pastel artist. With encouragement from local artists, Jenny Jones and Debra Kidwell, she joined an art class at Corner Arts Gallery, Newnan. Barbara’s pastel, “Going Home in Amish County”, was awarded “Top Ten”, at the Eighth Annual NCAA Juried Art Show, held in June 2013.
Ms. Omerod’s love of abstract art soon led her to experiment with hard and soft (including “pan”) pastels. She became energized as she created work “in process”. As an image came to life, the title for each piece came to her. Her work, including pastels, one-of-a-kind greeting cards and hand-made costume jewelry, is currently on display at Corner Arts Gallery, 30 S. Court Street, Newnan, GA. She also teaches classes at the gallery.
Barbara is an officer and Board member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (“NCAA”), a Board member of the Friends of the Coweta County Libraries, and a Presbyterian. Barbara, and her husband, David, a Presbyterian Church USA Pastor, are blessed with daughters, Heather and Brigette, sons-in law, Don and Paul, and five grandchildren, Emma Ann, Payne Benjamin, John Henry, Clayton Lewis and Wyatt David. Throughout David’s ministry, Barbara continued working in law offices, obtained her paralegal certificate from Legal Studies Institute at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, and enjoyed being part of the church community. Mrs. Omerod became certified as a Legal Assistant in Florida. As the church’s call moved the Omerod’s from state to state, Barbara became certified as a Paralegal by the North Carolina State Bar Association, and the Utah State Bar Association.