Current Exhibitions

We Set Our Faces Westward: One Woman’s Journey 1839-1848
July 1 – December 31, 2023

Artist Heide Presse studied the journals written by Keturah Penton Belknap between 1839 -1848. Heide has conducted extensive research and is creating an exhibition about Keturah’s families journey Westward. The exhibition begins with Keturah’s marriage and covers her and her husband’s two step journey out West. Roughly half the work depicts their life in Iowa farming, and the other half their journey to Oregon with the Watts wagon train. Member opening July 15, 2023.

© Heide Presse, On Our Way Rejoicing, 2022, oil, 24 x 48”

20th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 14 – January 1, 2024

This exhibit features artwork in a variety of media by members of the Cartersville Boys & Girls Club after school program. Opening reception November 16, 2023.

© Alisa Deal, Tree Stars

Eye on the Prize: The Steve & Milah Lynn Collection
September 23, 2023 – January 14, 2024

The Lynn’s became interested in collecting Western art while living in Oklahoma City. They attended the Prix de West exhibition held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum each year. Member opening September 23, 2023

© Martin Grelle, Winter Quest, 2000, oil on canvas, 42 x 52”, Steve and Milah Lynn Collection

Dorothea Lange & Pirkle Jones: Death of a Valley
November 11, 2023 – June 9, 2024

Death of a Valley was collaborative photography essay completed for Life Magazine by Lange and Jones in 1956. The goal of the project was to document the final year of the Berryessa Valley in Napa County California as the area was become a lake with the construction of the Monticello Dam.

The resulting images are historical and cultural documents as well as fantastic twentieth century photographs printed in vintage silver gelatin. Also included will be enlargements of selected vital images. This exhibition is in association with Lumiere Gallery of Atlanta and the Pirkle Jones Collection at the University of California Santa Cruz. Member opening November 18, 2023

© Pirkle Jones, Fire is Part of the Demolition Process, from Death of a Valley, 1956, 11 x 14”, Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Print, © Regents of the University of California, Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives. University Library, U.C. Santa Cruz. Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones Photographs and Papers