The Dixie Art Colony was established by John Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888-1953), Sallie B. Carmichael and her daughter Warree Carmichael LeBron in 1933. The idea was to establish an artist colony to paint and train burgeoning artists in the South.
From 1937, they met at Poka Hutchi ("gathering of picture writers" in Creek Indian parlance), a small cabin on Lake Jordan. Later, Frank W. Applebee, the Chair of the School of Art and Architecture at Auburn University and a painter, joined the colony, as did Genevieve Southerland, Anne Goldthwaite and Lamar Dodd (1909-1996).
The colony last met in 1948.
Dixie Art Colony Foundation was founded in 2015 to reintroduce the art world to Kelly Fitzpatrick and Poka Hutchi. 
- Encyclopedia of Alabama: John Kelly Fitzpatrick
- Rebecca Mark (ed.), Robert C. Vaughan (ed.), The South, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 , p. 58 
- Ted Olson (ed.), CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2004, p. 110 
- Joe Allen Turner, Jan Wood, Wetumpka, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014, p. 116 
- The Johnson Collection
- http://dixieartcolony.org/ Mark Harris, Dixie Art Colony Foundation
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