STOCKBRIDGE — Artist Rose Houston’s wish has always been to have a gallery show with her art on display.

At 88, her dream is now coming true. Houston will have her own show later this month at Hood Street Art Center in McDonough.

“When we heard about Rose, we wanted to give her this opportunity,” said Beth Healy, associate director at the gallery. “We felt really strongly that Andy would have signed on without thinking twice. It was a no-brainer for everyone.”

Andy Davis is the founder of Hood Street who died in July in a motorcycle accident.

Houston lives at Laurel Park Nursing Home in Stockbridge. Granting wishes for its residents is part of Second Wind Dreams, which is a program that works to make its residents life-long dreams come true.

“We worked really hard to do this for her,” said Kimberly Cornell, activities director at Laurel Park.

Houston was born in Texas in 1927. Her father encouraged each of her 10 siblings to learn a hobby, so Houston took up painting.

Houston said the skill just came to her.

“When her father first saw her work, his jaw dropped,” according to her bio. “Her father purchased Rose her first set of paints and easel.”

Jimmie Carey has been friends with Houston since 2006. She too was amazed when she first saw Houston’s work.

“I didn’t know she could paint when I first met her, but when she did show me, they were just amazing,” Carey said.

Carey said Houston is a very meticulous person in everything she does from gardening to painting.

“I think it really shows in her art,” Carey said.

Houston’s show is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Hood Street Art Center located at 136 Hood St. in McDonough.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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