Gadsden Arts opens ‘Masters’ exhibition celebrating local artists

Join us on Friday April 8th from 6pm to 8pm Gadsden Arts for an artful evening celebrating the opening of Masters of American Photography, as well as three new exhibitions by leading regional artists. See original work by iconic American photographers from the 1880s to 1980s, with a focus on the 1930s.

Also meet three top regional artists, each with a new exhibit: Missionary Mary L. Proctor, William H. McKeown, and Terrie Corbett. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are served in the Bates Community Room.

Masters of American Photography, an exhibition organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, features images by giants of the photographic canon such as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke – White and Paul Strand.

With a focus on the early 20th century, this carefully curated collection features an impressive array of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and cultural history that dramatically depicts American life during this period.

Regional Artists

Mary Proctor: I am Just the Messenger is a two-location project showcasing Mary L. Proctor’s special and rarely seen Presidents and First Ladies Series installed at Gadsden Arts and the Tallahassee Museum, along with her iconic doors and windows. Born in Jefferson County, Florida in 1960, Proctor is a nationally acclaimed native artist who has been making art for 25 years. Her work is included in the collections of major US museums, including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Proctor will be available for a meet-and-greet at the Woodell Family Art Studio during the reception.

Gadsden Arts is also pleased to exhibit work by William Hugh “Bill” McKeown, a fifth

generation from North Florida who appreciate the people and places of this region.

Pondering the Panhandle is an exhibition of McKeown’s watercolors that explores more than a decade of his work in this area.

You can meet McKeown on April 8 alongside Terrie Corbett, an encaustic artist whose exhibition Beyond the Familiar, featuring colorful, intricately layered abstract pieces, is now on view at the Munroe Family Community Gallery. The encaustic medium is an ancient technique that combines pigments with hot wax and is suitable for vibrant colors.

guild members

Finally, enjoy the work of 19 members of the Gadsden Arts Artists Guild in the second of four guild exhibitions for 2022, on view at the Bates Community Room. The American Photography, McKeown, Corbett and Guild exhibits are on view through June 25, while the Proctor exhibit is on view through December 10, with part two of their exhibit opening at the Tallahassee Museum on April 15.

Admission to exhibitions is always free for children under 17 and Gadsden Arts members and their guests (number of guests depends on membership level). Exhibition admission for non-member adults is $10. information below

Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is located in Quincy, 20 miles from Tallahassee.

and open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The ArtZone is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., admission is always free. visit

when you go

What: Opening reception for Masters of American Photography and three regional artists

When: 6-8pm Friday April 8th

Where from: Gadsden Arts Center and Museum, 13 N. Madison St., Quincy


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