COLUMBIA, Tenn. – “Focus on Columbia’s Past,” an exhibit preserving a collection of photos from more than a century ago, is on display June 7-July 25 in the Pryor Art Gallery in Columbia State Community College’s Waymon L. Hickman Building and at the W7thCo Vintage Photo Gallery.
The exhibits will have twin openings 5-8 p.m. June 8 with an artists’ reception at both locations.
“I am delighted that we are partnering with W7thCo to expand reach of this collection of Columbia’s history to the community,” said Michele Wilkinson, Columbia State Pryor Art Gallery curator. “It is amazing to see people’s eyes light up when they find a familiar face or family member in the photos. These photos not only mark an era – they are bridging the past to the present.”
Both exhibits will feature photos from Columbia’s past between c. 1875 and 1969 taken by photographers that worked with the Orman Studio including founder, W.A. Orman; his son, Claude “Buster” Orman; and Ray Burt, the last owner of the studio. The Pryor Art Gallery will display an antique camera collection and a collection of photos highlighting events and familiar faces; W7thCo will be complementing the collection with photos of petroliana, automobiles and related subjects.
W7thCo owners, Kim Hayes and Joel Friddell, have taken steps to preserve the original negatives from which the prints were made.
“With the age of many of the negatives, and due to the conditions that they were stored, there is some deterioration of the images,” said Kim Hayes. “To preserve them we have scanned the originals for upload to redundant online storage as well as create a searchable database of information on each one.”
Guests at each gallery are invited to submit any information they have on the photos displayed.
The Pryor Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For additional information, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/PryorGallery.
The W7thCo Gallery is a vintage photo gallery located in the historic downtown district of Columbia at 107 W. 7th St. The gallery is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.gallery.w7thco.com.
Photo caption: Andy & Barney and Colvin Motors photographed by the Orman Studio
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