A historical art event featuring past and present Terrell County artists is set to begin Saturday at The Terrell County History Museum in Dawson. Behind the formation of the event are committee members of the Terrell County Historical Preservation Society. Among them are, from left, Kathy Hicks, Cherry Howell, Pat Gatlin, Freida Bowles, Pat Yost and Lee Greer.
DAWSON — It’s the biggest Terrell County event of its kind in recent memory, according to Cherry Howell, board member and volunteer for the Terrell County History Museum in Dawson. This Saturday and Sunday, the museum will be open during special hours to introduce some 45 works of art by past and present area residents. Works by 12 Terrell County students will be displayed as well.
“All of the featured artists either live or have lived in Terrell County,” Howell said. “That’s the common thread.”
According to Howell, there will be a variety of art forms and media available for viewing, including watercolor, oil on canvas, pen and ink, pottery, miniature wood furniture and China painting. Howell said that “much of the China” was painted by women who studied under the late Mrs. Louis Cormack. Howell said that well known featured artists are “too numerous to list in full,” but include James Spilman, the oil portraitist.
“It was said you would always know when Jim Spilman was in town,” Howell said of the artist, who was known for his flamboyance and his attraction to exotic animals.
The work of June Elizabeth Blackstock and her husband, France Pierce, will appear. Blackstock and Pierce are residents of Parrott. Also displayed will be the art of Frank Crittenden and “many others,” Howell said.
According to Howell this will be first such “historically oriented” art exhibit in more than 20 years and the “first of this magnitude” in anyone’s memory.
“We had some much smaller shows in the late ’70s and early ’80s at the Kinchafoonie Regional Library, but nothing at all like this,” Howell said.
The Terrell County History Museum opened its doors in November, Howell said, with a show featuring World War II veterans. Howell said the war material has been “rotated out” to make room for the art exhibit. There will be a silent auction at the weekend opening of the art event to help raise money for the museum, she said.
The Terrell County History Museum is sponsored by The Terrell County Historical Preservation Society, she said. The Society is supported by membership dues and by community donations. The historical art exhibition is free, Howell said, although donations are appreciated.
The exhibit will begin Saturday, with the museum open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday hours are from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
While the art exhibit will continue through June 1, after the first weekend the museum will be open only during normal operating hours, which are 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Special viewing times can be arranged for groups when given a two-day notice. For information, contact Cherry Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org.