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i The Tuskegee News, December 9, 2010, Page B-3 F Art by Dr. Ronald McDowell, Tuskegee's Artist-in-Residence, was featured during the community reception for Tuskegee University President Dr. Gilbert Rochon held Tuesday, Novernber 30. Above, McDowell discusses his depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which he Painted in the style of a stained-glass window. Photos by Jeff Thompson By JEFF THOMPSON Managing Editor If you missed the community reception for Tuskegee University president Dr. Gilbert L. Ro- chon onesday, November 30, meeting the new head of TU wasn't all you missed. For three days only, a collection of more than 20 pieces by Tuskegee Artist-in-Residence Dr. Ronald Mc- Dowell was featured in the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center's newly- renovatgd gallery space. Thankfully, according to Executive Director T.C. Coley, it won't be the last time McDowell's works are on display at the Center. Art featured at Rochon's welcome reception in- cluded some of McDowell's abstract pieces, some with Christian themes and others focused on Tuskegee University. He toured the gallery up- stairs with local leaders and friends and ex- plained his motivation for many of the works. The piece Were removed so0h after the event en route to an upcoming art show featuring Mc- Dowelrs pieces in Opelika. The show is a Christ- mas Open House scheduled for Friday, December 10 at the Event Center Downtown. There, McDowell will be available to do live indi- vidual or group sketch portraits from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Coley said the center is finalizing its renova- tions and is considering another brief closure until after the New Year. Besides the beautiful new gallery space upstairs, the Center's renova- tions include the creation of a research and archive area, enhanced meeting space and an expansion of the museum store to feature more local products. "Our goal going forward is to look at adding op- portunities for local artists and retailers to take advantage of the increased tourist traffic the Center will provide," he said. After the New Year, the Center is already plan- ning to host two featured galleries. The first will coincide with an upcomirg production by the Tuskegee Repertory Theatre (TRT) called "Snipe's World." "Snipes World," written and directed by TRT owner Dyann Robinson, will look at the life of Macon County folk artist James "Buddy" Snipes, whose imaginative pieces have earned him con- siderable acclaim. Some of those pieces will be featured at the Center beginning February 2011. Following "Snipe's World," Coley said the Cen- ter will host a locally developed exhibit on Macon County music as part of the Alabama De" partment of Tourism and Travel's Year of Ala- bama Music. The exhibit is slated to begin in April 2011. ,There's a rich legacy of music in Macon County beyond William Dawson and the Crim- son Piper Marching Band," Coley said. The Multicultural Center is the official wel- come center of Macon County and the City of Tuskegee. For more information, contact the Center at (334) 727-0800. ' .... IIII I II II II I IIIII lllill00lllll I