Artists from 11 states visited
From those entries, a jury of three regional arts professionals selected 44 paintings, each depicting sites within the community, which were then purchased to form the municipal collection.
Two dozen of those paintings are now on exhibit at the art museum,
"It was designed specifically to function as a documentary for future generations, as a historical reference about how our community and its landmarks appeared, and it's really quite unique," museum Director
Since 1974, the collection has grown periodically, she said. It normally hangs throughout the public areas of
"We selected it to run concurrently with the 'RiverArtes: Art of Placemaking' exhibition because they have somewhat of the
same concept in that the RiverArtes is designed to acquire works of leased art for
"RiverArtes: The Art of Placemaking," a showcase of proposals for public art by regional and national sculptors, opened Saturday.
A community project the museum is implementing for the city of
According to Hood, the municipal collection belongs to the public.
"These were gifts to the city ... on behalf of the citizens of the community, and it documents who we were and who we are,"she said.
The collection includes large watercolor and oil psintings documenting the former
"It's truly a fascinating collection. ... Just think, in 50 to 100 years from now, historians will have these wonderful, wonderful images of the community as it appeared in the last quarter of the 20th century," Hood said. "So it's very fine and important documentation, historical documentation."
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