The James E. Brown Center of Dalton State College will be transformed into something of an art gallery the next two months as its halls feature watercolor works by local artist Gene Mealor.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mealor, a former employee of Brown Industries, captured dozens of familiar Dalton area landmarks on canvas, among them, the old Whitfield County Courthouse, the old Firehouse on Pentz Street (now home to Dalton Little Theatre) and the side door of Manly Jail Works on Glenwood Avenue. The Jail Works painting earned him an award in the National Watercolor Society’s 1989 show and toured the country for nearly a year.
The collection of iconic area images is on loan to the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia from the James and Sis Brown family and Brown Industries and will be exhibited on the main floor of the Brown Center from January 25 through March 29. The public is invited to view the collection during Brown Center operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several pieces Mealor created as a graphic designer for Brown Industries and also watercolors from his from his own collection will also be on display.
The James E. Brown Center is located on the north end of the Dalton State campus.
“We are deeply grateful and indebted to the Brown family and Brown Industries for making this collection available for us to share with the public,” said Dr. John D. Fowler, director of the Bandy Center. “In our mission to preserve and celebrate the culture of Northwest Georgia, we are thrilled to be able to share treasures such as the art works of Gene Mealor.”
For more information about the Mealor exhibit, contact the Bandy Center at 706-272-4452.