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Madison & Morgan County Art Calendar

Known for its civil war history and antebellum beauties, the postcard worthy town of Madison is also home to a thriving art scene. Be sure to check out some of the latest exhibits and events of the season!

On Display until December 23, 2017
Works by Lucinda Bunnen at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art
featuring Weathered Chromes, Hatcher’s Pond, and All About Trees.
Hurry, hurry, hurry! There are only a few weeks left to witness the creative works of well-known Atlanta photographer and philanthropist, Lucinda Bunnen. You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate the creativity behind Bunnen’s Weathered Chromes series, which will literally make you do a double take! In this collection, Bunnen has created unusual dreamlike images by exposing vintage slides to Mother Nature’s elements. You need to see it to believe it!

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On Display until December 30, 2017
“Magnificent MADISON” at the Madison Artist Guild Gallery

Local artists display their feelings about the “Magnificent Madison” through creative expression. Come see what makes Madison so special to so many!

 

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On Display until January 4, 2018
“Farm” at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center
A celebration of the deeply rooted agrarian lifestyle of the rural south, this exhibit celebrates that values of respect, reliance, and love of the land. This artwork includes paintings, photography and sculpture that reflect the artists impressions of this essential and perennial way of life.

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Opening Reception January 12 from 6 – 8PM
On Display until February 28, 2018
Get Loose! Exhibit at the Madison Artists Guild Gallery

The Madison Artists Guild Gallery is kicking off the New Year by featuring works by well-known folk artist, Peter Loose. Come see what’s new at the gallery and start the New Year off right with artist-made treats and free, funky, folky, fun downtown!

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Opening Reception January 14, 2018 3 – 5PM
On Display until March 17, 2018
“Celebrating Black History Month – Perspectives” Dual Exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the Morgan County African American Museum.

You won’t want to miss this creative dual exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the Morgan County African American Museum which will feature the multimedia works of six African American Artists. The exhibit will kick off on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with a free opening reception for all and remain on display until March 1, 2018.

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**Permanent exhibits at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Several permanent collections are housed within the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s walls: a restored c. 1895 classroom, an Arts and Crafts gallery that showcases original furnishings from the Arts and Crafts Period, a permanent installation of period furniture dating from 1850 in the Boxwood Parlor, and a history exhibit highlighting the Piedmont region of Georgia in the 19th century.

Arts & Crafts Gallery
The Arts and Crafts Gallery houses a gallery of original furnishings from the Arts and Crafts Period. The wallpaper, printed form the original woodblocks of the William Morris studios in England, is an appropriate backdrop for the furniture from the American workshops of Gustav Stickley and Charles Limbert. Pottery, lamps, metalware and other decorative pieces are exhibited on a rotating basis. The entire collection combines to capture the essence of the international revolution in the decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the same era as The Center’s building. The individual pieces reaffirm the goal of the movement which raised the status of craftsman to that of artist.

Boxwood Parlor Furniture Exhibition
The Boxwood Parlor Furniture Exhibition, completed in February 1998, is the newest gallery created by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The parlor set is significant because it is complete, including twelve pieces in its original silk brocatelle upholstery. The circa 1856 furniture was acquired by Wilds B. Kolb at the height of  Georgia’s antebellum prosperity. The matching floor-to-ceiling draperies and ornamental gold metal cornices are typical of the Rococo Revival style. The furnishings were used in the Kolb home, later named “Boxwood” because of its twin boxwood gardens which cover half a city block in Madison. This permanent exhibit was selected as the first place winner of the Roger Warlick Local History Achievement Awards in February 2000.

Piedmont History Exhibit
The objects and information presented in the Piedmont History Exhibit are arranged to convey a sense of the area’s development prior to 1900 — the land, the people who settled it, and how they lived. The museum features selected artifacts of the Piedmont region, including those of Native Americans of the pre-Columbian era and the period of European settlement through the 19th Century. Displays, notably of tools, clothing, home furnishings, household goods, uniforms, letters, and authentic arms from the Civil War, give the visitor a brief story of this area of the South. The newest addition to this collection is the c. 1875 Winship And Brother Cotton Gin.
Known as the “machine that changed the South,” the cotton gin tied southern agriculture to cotton production for over a century.  The Winship and Brother gin represents the significance of the cotton industry to the Southland in general and in our community specifically.  The gin was donated to the Cultural Center by the City of Madison, and the exhibit was generously sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission

Thanks for reading, y’all! –

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