Daviess County Bicentennial Preview: Through the Lens of Art
“Daviess County; Through the Lens of Art” a major exhibition documenting Daviess County’s yearlong bicentennial celebration will open at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art with a gala preview, May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Highlights of the evening will include reenactors impersonating figures in Daviess County history, a performance by the bluegrass quartet, Kings Highway, a cocktail buffet featuring Daviess County traditional cuisine and remarks by Judge Al Mattingly and Bicentennial Committee co-chair, Dr. Lee Dew.
Col. Joseph Hamilton Daviess, the Revolutionary War hero after whom Daviess County is named and Capt. William Ellis, last commander of the famed Civil War military unit, The Orphans Brigade, will be present along with officers of the Confederate and Union armies.
Other re-enactors will include a group of frontiersmen, a large party of Native American buffalo hunters and a contingent of Civil War civilians from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A special guest will be Queen Cannon, as a child, after whom the River Park Center’s Cannon Hall is named, portrayed by 4 year old Reed Burton.
The exhibition of more than 200 works of art and artifacts dating from 1815 to 2015 presents a visual jubilee of the rich cultural history of Daviess County. 200 years of growth and development of Daviess County business and industry is celebrated by paintings and memorabilia documenting farming, manufacturing, distilling, health care and a wide range of economic endeavors. Included are such early business interests as Green River Whiskey, Sour Mash Distillery, Medley Distilling Company, The Glenmore Distillery, Ken Rad Corporation, Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, Field Packing Company and Owensboro Grain Company. Financial intuitions recorded by artists include Independence Bank, Owensboro National Bank, Citizens State Bank and Central Bank and Trust Company.
“Daviess County: Through the Lens of Art” and the preview gala are sponsored by the Daviess County Bicentennial Committee, Dr. and Mrs. R. Wathen Medley, Jr., Greenwell Chisholm Printing Company, The Glenmore Distillery and A Friend of the Museum.
The exhibition will continue through August 16 and will be open during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Admission is FREE, but donations are encouraged. For more information call 270 685-3l8l or visit the museum’s website at www.omfa.us or follow us on Facebook.
Visit the museum 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
For more information, visit www.omfa.us or call 270-685-3181.