True to its name, the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy is not your everyday art museum. You won't find any paintings of "personal anguish" (as described by the museum's founder) here. To the contrary, the museum is "a Smiley Place."
Marietta Lee opened the doors of the museum in 2010, following her career as an emergency medical nurse and on-the-side artist. In the decade prior to opening the museum, she was caretaker to both her parents before they passed. These events made it clear to Marietta that caregivers - her generation, in particular - needed a place where they could find respite. Since that time she has curated a collection of locally- and globally- sourced artwork that uses joy to inspire and humor to heal.