Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates 25 years in Blount Park


By Ellis Eskew

It was a night of music, dinner and dancing as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts celebrated its 25 years in Blount Cultural Park.
Director Mark Johnson says the museum has come a long way since its early days.

 "A little bit more than 25 years ago "Red" Blount got together with the museum folks who were looking for a new home. We were part of the library back then. He said why don't you join me and my Shakespeare theater in the park and we'll have nice bookends in the park. And the sweeten the deal he offered us about 45 of his most incredible Old Master American paintings," said Johnson.

Over the years, the museum has added on additions with the latest addition announced at Thursday night's celebration.
A new sculpture garden will be added on to the side of the museum encompassing about 2 acres of land.

 "We are fortunate to have been here 25 yrs and this sculpture park is adding a new dimension to our overall museum concept," said Board of Trustees President Barry Harmon.

Johnson says the museum will start by using sculptures from sculptors and galleries.

"We'll show some loan pieces from all over the country, and then we'll start buying things occasionally as we can afford it so that eventually we can have a permanent collection," said Johnson.

For those who enjoy and support the arts in Montgomery,  it's a welcome addition.

"We moved here about 12 years ago. We've been supporters of the museum and tried to help on committees whenever we have been asked to, so we are happy to come here tonight and support what they've been doing," said Suzanne Davidson.

Twenty-five years and counting as Montgomery continues its tradition of excellence in fine arts.

"Montgomery is a fabulous arts town and everybody needs to know that and see it," said Johnson.

If you would like to visit the museum, it is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

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