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Two Montgomery Artists Feted at Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy

By Wiley White — [June 8, 2017]

On the first Thursday evening in June, Montgomery artists David Braly and Barbara Davis were prominently in house at Troy’s Johnson Center for the Arts, surrounded by a large crowd of friends and fans who were attending the artist’s reception for the Center’s current exhibitions. Imaginal Histories: The Paintings and Drawings of David Keith Braly, is on view in the Upper Level Galleries of the century-old classical revival style structure. Light Source: Oil Paintings by Barbara Davis hangs against the warm brick walls  and in the natural brick arches of the Center’s Lower Level Galleries.

Bill Hopper, Johnson Center Board Chairman, welcomed the crowd and called on each artist to talk briefly about their exhibition.  David Braly, whose work is a retrospective for the most part, with a few pieces available for purchase, described his subject matter as The Architectural Landscape. He thanked the Montgomery families and individuals who loaned portions of their Braly collections for the exhibition. “I’m seeing some of these pieces again as if for the first time, and it’s a wonderful ‘reunion of sorts,’” said Braly.  “For me, Architecture and Art are forms of self-expression and of knowledge.”

Barbara Davis spoke animatedly about her search for the source of beauty in the world through portraiture, landscapes and clouds, and still life. She began painting en plein air in 2004. “It changed my life and opened many doors,” said Barbara.

Included in the crowd were Bill Hopper’s wife, Debbie; former Johnson Center Board Chairman (12 years) Mack Gibson and his wife Mary; architect Bobby McAlpine; artist Elana Hagler; JCA Board member Bob Whaley and wife Mary;  Jo Johnson Harvell, JCA Board member; Frances Givhan, wife of JCA Board member, Walter GivhanWiley Brantley White,  JCA Exhibition Coordinator; Mark Montoya; Jim HodgsonPhilip and Michelle GoodwynJim and Jane BarganierStephen Brinkley;  Patsy Binford (Barbara Davis’ mother); John Davis, (Barbara’s husband); Alice Novak, Curator of Education, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Jill Byrd, MMFA Tour Coordinator; MMFA Docents,  Paula Smith, Gloria Simons, Pam Moulton, Mary Lil Owens, Lola Varner, Ann Wells, George Jacobson, Frank Gitschier, Maria Freedman, Meg Hall, Grace Cook, Pamela Swan, Penny Thompson, Julie Goolsby, Gloria Simons, Andy Huffman and Beverly Bennett; artist Tara Sartorius and Donna Russell, of the Alabama Arts Alliance; artist Nancy Mims Hartsfield;  artist Marian Parker; artists Janice Prescott and Warren Simons; Jacqueline Floyd; Barbara  Gibson; art educator Patricia Duke; artist Kristy Drinkwater and daughter, Lola; artist Day Barnes and husband, David.  At the piano throughout the evening was Patrick Jackson. Delicious refreshments were prepared and served by Ruth Walker, Judy Dye, Joan Word, Frances Lankford, Mary Hobdy and Diana Whittaker.

Both exhibits will run through July 15. Viewing hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10-5 and Saturday from 10-3.