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October 17, 2010

Folk carvings exhibit at state museum begins Nov. 6

TIFTON — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host a unique collection of folk carvings during November at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, which is now operated by the college.

 “The Carving Collection of C.L. Morehead, Jr. & Friends”, the first in a series of quarterly exhibits, will be open to the public five days a week. The exhibit hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 6 and continuing through Dec. 1.  Regular Museum admission prices will allow visitors to see the exhibit and tour the Museum itself.

The month-long art show will spotlight the carving collection of C. L. Morehead, Jr., a 1948 graduate of ABAC.  Morehead was born and raised in Irwinville.  After attending ABAC, he moved to Athens, his current home, to study horticulture at the University of Georgia.  In 1959, Morehead opened a retail florist shop, later adding a wholesale florist operation.

His friendship with Georgia artist Lamar Dodd grew into Morehead’s passion for collecting art.  The Morehead home is a stunning showcase of sculptures, oriental rugs, carvings, china, pre-Columbian art, and paintings, including the largest known collection of Dodd's work: nearly 700 oil paintings and watercolors.  

Each piece in Morehead’s personal carving collection is the work of Fitzgerald’s Randy Anthony. Having sold his first pen and ink drawing at the age of 15, Anthony progressed to oil paintings and participated in art shows for several years.

Following his work in oils, Anthony fell in love with “scrimshaw”, one of the most important, truly American folk arts, and started carving in ivory, wood, stone, and metal. Five years of working on scrimshaw have been followed by 20 years of carving large, one-of-a-kind pieces. Today Anthony remains a self-taught artist, most often using found or discarded pieces of wood, metal, and stone for his carvings.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony’s personal inventory of carvings and a special piece on loan from the private collection of Judge and Mrs. Robert W. Chasteen, Jr., complete the Morehead Exhibit.

The November exhibit will feature varying sizes of artwork, each with its own unique story. Carvings made of wax, aerated concrete, granite, ivory, steel, and many distinctive varieties of wood will be on display. Visitors will encounter rare American elm, red mulberry, black walnut, cedar, poplar, cypress, and silver maple. A small number of the carvings on display will be available for sale.

Garden clubs, school and church groups, home school associations, and organizations are encouraged to call Polly Huff, exhibit coordinator and docent, at (229) 391-4818 or email phuff@abac.edu to schedule a private guided visit. Anthony may be available, upon request, for a lecture on specific dates.

                 

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