Abandoned Rural America & The Land: God's Gift
01/19/2016 - 04/22/2016
Wetumpka’s Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery is hosting an exhibition January 19 through April 22 that is sure to tug on the heartstrings of many Alabamians. The exhibition is being sponsored by Central Alabama Electric Cooperative.
“Abandoned Rural America”, an exhibition originating in Madison, Georgia will make its first appearance outside of Georgia. The exhibit is the brainchild of Peter Muzyka, a graphic designer in Madison. Muzyka grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and now makes his home in Georgia. In both locations he was struck by the disappearance of structures and scenes that were familiar during the first half of his life.
The exhibition contains paintings, sculpture, photography from dozens of artists, as well as writing and even a vignette of a present day goat farm. “Abandoned Rural America” has appeared in numerous museums throughout Georgia. According to Muzyka, “The ARA team is very excited about our Alabama premiere. We are pleased to be invited, and we’ve enjoyed visiting the area to see and paint abandoned farm scenes in central Alabama.”
In conjunction with the visiting ARA, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery is hosting an invitational show entitled “The Land, God’s Gift”. The show will feature work from area artists depicting the joy and vitality of life in rural Alabama.
According to Kathy Willis, President of KFMG, the two combined exhibitions are expected to be a favorite of KFMG members and the public. “We are so grateful to Central Alabama Electric Cooperative for sponsoring this show. Their generous support has enabled us to bring the ARA exhibition to Alabama and to present a first class exhibition of our own. This is going to be exciting!”