African American Museum houses new art

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Although this year’s June Fest at the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) in Madison  was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather last Saturday, a small group gathered at the museum to view the new artwork on display. 

A talented artist debuted his artwork at the MCCAAM last Saturday. Ernso Brown, a 29-year-old artist from Indianapolis, Indiana, gave a brief talk Saturday about several of his paintings now on display at the MCAAM for the next month. 

Brown said he draws from his Christian faith for creative inspiration and explores “the struggle of man” in much of his work. Head over to the MCAAM during open hours to admire his art. 

MCAAM Director Cheryl Bland guided guests through the rooms of the museum, explaining the origin of various art pieces on display. A new Eugene Swain exhibit is currently on display. According to Swain’s artist bio, “Eugene was born in the Southern historic town of Madison, Georgia. Madison is the county seat of Morgan county and is known for its surviving pre-Civil War antebellum architecture. He attended Springfield school for a short time until they were moved to Pearl High and Elementary in the mid 60’s where he was always busy drawing. When he graduated from High School he never gave up on his dream of becoming an artist. Eugene spent most of his early years creating one thing or another, mostly toys that his parents were unable to buy him when he was little. He would make cars, trucks, campers and other toys that he liked. In the eighties he started experimenting with water colors. At this time he was painting mostly portraits for family and friends. What he really wanted to paint though were old houses and barns. He began using oils to do his paintings and today he paints with acrylics. Eugene likes traveling the back roads of rural Georgia to take photos of old barns, houses, and cows as subjects adding his own unique style to his paintings.”

In addition to new paintings by Eugene Swain, a few models of old farm houses and barns he built are also currently at the MCAAM. 

To see the new art displays at the MCAAM, visit the museum located at 156 Academy Street in

Madison.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is also open on the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call  (706) 342-9191.

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