Museum opens new exhibits January 20 | Local News

Suspended from transparent wire, human faces emerge from the metal and wire sculpture by artist Charlie Lucas.

The piece, titled “Trojan Horse,” once hung in the home of the late Alabama storyteller and author Kathryn Tucker Windham. Now it belongs to the Wiregrass Museum of Art. It is one of the newest additions to the museum’s permanent collection and will be on display as part of the new exhibitions opening January 20 during the museum’s Art After Hours.

In addition to “Selections from the Permanent Collection”, the new exhibits include works by artist Sara Bowen as well as etching pieces by students from the University of Troy.

Art After Hours will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature live music from singer-songwriter Cam Stephens, hands-on art activities, and a cash bar. The event is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Attendees can sign up for certain membership levels for half price during the event. Masks should be worn unless actively drinking.

Bowen’s exhibition “The Witch Doctor’s Chapel” is a mix of ceramics, fibers, lighting and poetry. Bowen, a potter from Huntsville, created the pieces to deal with complicated feelings about her late mother and the traumas of her childhood. Images and written words connect the pieces, which debuted with the artist’s first book of poetry titled “The Witch Doctor’s Hymnal”. The exhibition will be at the Wiregrass Museum of Art until June 25.

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“Explorations Through Printmaking by Troy University Students” will be on view at the museum until March 19. The exhibition presents engravings by students of the introductory engraving course at the University of Troy. The pieces are in a variety of techniques: monotype, relief and intaglio.

Along with the opening of new exhibitions, the work of photographer Sydney A. Foster is also always on display. Foster’s “Realities and Reflections” highlights the photographer’s work during a year-long residency at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. Foster’s labor will last until March 22.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art, located in downtown Dothan next to the Dothan Civic Center, is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is free during these times.

Peggy Ussery is a staff writer for Dothan Eagle and can be reached at [email protected] or 334-712-7963. Support his work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at dothaneagle.com.

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