Over the years we have sought to bring educational and interactive programming to the community and we ask that you join with us in supporting this endeavor. We believe that museums can be exciting places for persons of every age and background. In the next few years we will be embarking on a new and exciting journey as we build a children’s museum and continue developing exhibits at the new McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Stayed tuned for more changes and feel free to contact us!
Museums closed for Thanksgiving weekend
Millie Gosch art exhibition opens Tuesday
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s two museums, McRitchie-Hollis and the Male Academy, will be closed for the holiday weekend Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, through Monday and will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 1. Plein Air artist Millie Gosch’s “Written in Paint” exhibition opens with a reception 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Come welcome Millie’s “return home” to 74 Jackson St., where she grew up.
‘Golden Era of Hollywood’ exhibition in final days
ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” featuring original movie posters created in-house by artists at the Loew’s Grand in Atlanta during the 1930s and ‘40s. Art students of Bette Hickman have added their own versions of imagined, designed and drawn “movie posters.”
The son of Drs. Darin and Kelley Brummett, Sam Brummett is a student at Woodward Academy. His teacher, Janie Finch, had just received his completed assignment for her photography class and decided to submit images from that project to Simple Pleasures. The class assignment was a group of self-portraits with an emphasis on lighting.
Brummett’s winning work entitled, “Glimmer,” features a boy with a longing look at a jar full of cookies.
“Labor of Love” quilts exhibition opens Dec. 5
Members … you can be looking for your notice in your mailbox, coming soon.
As always, thank you for your support. We couldn’t do it without our members!
- Celebrating Hollywood – At McRitchie-Hollis Museum through early December is exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” featuring original movie posters created in-house by artists at the Loew’s Grand in Atlanta during the 1930s and ‘40s. The clock is ticking down toward the closing for this popular exhibit, which has moved upstairs to make way for the latest Simple Pleasures photography contest winning entries. Local art students have created their own “movie posters” that are being added to the exhibition. For more click here.
- Simple Pleasures photography competition has returned to McRitchie-Hollis Museum with winners from the fall competition. The show is on display downstairs through November.
- DEBUTING DEC. 5 at the Male Academy Museum – Arnco Village will provide the focus of the next exhibition at the Male Academy Museum, opening over the holidays. Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” learned to quilt at the age of 8, and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in Arnco. More than 20 quilts have been passed down through the exended family, including the Raineys.
- Artist Millie Gosch will be presenting an exhibition of her work opening Dec. 1.
- The annual NCHS member Christmas party will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Members, mark your calendars.
- Opening with the Christmas Party Dec. 10: The original work of LaGrange artist Charles Tait will be on display at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, with an auction to follow, with funds to benefit the planned children’s museum. He was a creative and wonderful artist, with claims to fame such as a large mural that is still proudly displayed in the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, airport, and Christmas cards distributed by American Artist’s Group. He even designed a line of handkerchiefs that was available exclusively through B. Altman & Company department stores.
- The annual Palmette Ball returns to McRitchie-Hollis Museum on New Year’s Eve with live band music, refreshments and new casino-style entertainment leading to the big count-down.
- “Man of Peace,” a concert by The Atlanta Concert Ringers in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at The Depot.
The one hour concert by this handbell group will include “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute” arranged by Eileen Laurence which incorporates quotes from well-known speeches by Dr. King and settings of “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “We Shall Overcome.” Tickets $15 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum office or at eventbrite.com (added processing fee).
- David Boyd, Jr. and his father, cartoonist David Boyd will have a joint show of their art opening in the winter, 2016.
- Scraptacular on hiatus — Look for the fun to return in January with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s scrapbooking sessions. The monthly event has been held 10:30 a.m. third Wednesdays in 2015 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Participants learn tips to to preserve family history and events in fun scrapbooks. Call the museum for updates on program plans, 770-251-0207.
Other planned exhibits include a spring 2016 exhibition on the police case and trial of John Wallace that led to the book and TV movie “Murder in Coweta County” in conjunction with a new theatrical production of the story, “Flies at the Well.” And learn about the evolution of the long-running “Possum Eater’s Convention.”
We are also cooperating with the Coweta County Genealogical Society to plan joint programming extending into 2016. This will include a spring “block party,” in conjunction with the University of West Georgia and the Artist-in-Residence program. Main Street Newnan will also participate. The theme will be “Art and Architecture.” And we plan a spring edition of video recording sessions to preserve memories of life in Coweta after the successful fall edition Nov. 21.
For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.
Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
The interactive art exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” opened June 27 at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. This popular exhibition is up in its present form only a few more weeks. It will be consolidated in our upstairs rooms the first of November to make way for the new Simple Pleasures photography competition winners.
The movie posers — pastel and watercolor art, made by in-house artists hired by the Loew’s Grand Theater in cinema’s early days – are from the collection of the late Herb Bridges. The 50-some posters are from the 1930s and ’40s. “Gone With the Wind” famously debuted at the Loew’s Grand Dec. 15, 1939.
Visitors can navigate the original works of pulp art through a special interactive booklet made especially for this exhibit, featuring QR codes connected to each painting. The codes take visitors to movie trailers and clips from the classic films that are being featured. The book also features the last published interview with local collector Herb Bridges, known worldwide for his “Gone With the Wind” collection.
Special “fun buttons” are also spread throughout the museum with sound files, music, dialogue, and excerpts from an interview with collector Herb Bridges, who collected the posters. The exhibit is made by special arrangement with Mrs. Eleanor Bridges.
Visitors can also try their hand at making their own movie poster.
A small “mini-Grand” has been set up, as well, showcasing the classic black-and-white comedy, “Love Crazy,” starring Myna Loy and William Powell. Visitors can watch the entire film as part of the exhibit.
Those more interested in modern-day Hollywood can see dresses worn by Chelsea Handler and Heidi Klum, on loan from Underground Runway. The Klum dress was worn during the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Forty of the posters have never been displayed before, and this is the first time this collection has ever been displayed in Coweta County.
Tours of McRitchie-Hollis Museum are $5 adults / $2 for seniors and students. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-12 and 1-3. The museum is located at 74 Jackson St., beside the new University of West Georgia campus.
“We have a newly-paved parking lot in the rear of the museum,” said Bishop.