Historical Museum to exhibit Beaver art

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Photo by Kathryn Lucariello

  A collection of paintings, drawings, and photographs, accumulated over the past 10 years by retiring Beaver Postmaster Deb Davis, will go on display at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum on Friday, June 13. The collection highlights views of the Beaver Bridge, locally referred to as the Little Golden Gate Bridge, the town of Beaver and other nearby points of interest, including the town's original post office.

  A reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. will be held at the museum at 95 S. Main St. The celebration will follow an event earlier in the day at Beaver in Davis' honor.

  The collection was started on Davis' first day at the post office when local artist and Beaver resident Tommy Thomas brought her an oil of the bridge painted in 1946 by Trew Hocker. Then Thomas, himself an artist who served variously as mayor and alderman of Beaver for several years, brought a drawing of the bridge done by him. And so, the collection began.

Beaver Bridge about 1983

  Over the years, other local artists and photographers brought renderings of local scenes. The collection now consists of numerous pieces. The major portion of the collection has been donated to the Historical Museum by Davis, while a few are on temporary loan.

  The public is invited to the opening on the 13th. Thereafter, normal admission will apply except for museum members. For more information or for membership information, please call museum director Ginni Miller at 253-9417.

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