In conjunction with Madison’s bicentennial celebration, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is planning an exhibition of historic portraits from Madison and the surrounding region. The Center is currently working to identify portraits that exist in the community that offer a glimpse into the faces and personalities of Madison’s past.

Madison Bicentennial: The Many Faces of Madison - A History of Portrait Painting in the Piedmont will feature portraits primarily from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. While most of the portraits are paintings, several drawings and charcoals have been discovered.

“This exhibition is planned as a tribute to those who have come before us and have helped shape the culturally rich Madison that we know today,” said Judith Barber, executive director of the Center. “Our hope is to identify historic still portraits existing in our community today and we are asking the community for help.”

According to Barber the exhibition will also offer a prospective on two hundred years of portrait painting. Among the portraits that have already been identified are those of the General Jetha Vining Harris, Dorothy Baldwin, John Byne Walker and Eliza Fannin Walker, William Few, Sally Vason, the Stokes-McHenry family, the Kolb Family, William Bonar, the Parker Family and John Moreland.

Opening in late March, the exhibition will be curated by gallery owner and art appraiser Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art and Antiques of Atlanta. Mr. Nix has visited many of the portraits already uncovered for the exhibit and will make the final selection for the show based on media mix, historic significant and portrait personality.

Barber encouraged members of the community to call 706-342-4743 or e-mail the Center at jbarber@mmcc-arts.org if they know of portraits that exist. For more information about the exhibit please contact Judith Barber at the above number and/or e mail. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts center serving the Piedmont region of Georgia and beyond. It is located at 434 South Main Street, Madison, GA, 30650.

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