Friends and Family of Elizabeth Morrison Barron
An avid gardener and “a young artist, in love with nature, its beauty and its bounty,” Elizabeth Morrison Barron left her mark on the
Southern Pines community in many ways.
A Sandhills graduate, she painted custom farm signs for homes and farms in horse communities, many of which still remain along Youngs Road in Southern Pines. She also was the official photographer for the Moore County Hounds, an excellent cook who catered for the
Southern Pines equine community, and she designed and organized the Paddock Gallery, a a series of drawings for the Stoneybrook
Her artwork included custom floor cloths on canvas, which were sold throughout the U.S. and the Virgin Islands.
Morrison’s connections to the college extend beyond her status as a Sandhills alumnus.
She was a close friend of longtime art instructor Denise Drum Baker, and her father, Dr. Maxwell Morrison, donated from his own garden some of the first camellias to be planted at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.
Upon her death, her husband and Denise Baker quickly organized “Eliz-a-Thon,” a block party in downtown Southern Pines, which offered food, live music and an auction of artwork to fund a scholarship at Sandhills in Barron’s memory.
The Elizabeth Morrison Barron Memorial Art Scholarship is given annually to a second-year student pursuing an art career, who has demonstrated a talent and love of art. Selection is determined by the Sandhills Scholarship Committee, the art faculty and Mrs. Evelyn Dempsey.