The Alabama Fraternal Order of Police recently presented Felicia Bryant, widow of former Centre Police Investigator Jeff Bryant with the Medal of Valor for her husband’s sacrifice for his country and community.
The rain may have taken away their parade. But it didn’t dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of local citizens as they honored local veterans as part of the Armed Forces Day celebration and cookout held in Centre City Park.
The McCords Crossroads Homemakers are once again partnering with American Auctioneers to host the Second Annual May Community Celebration honoring veterans and military service to be held Saturday, May 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The Olympic games have historically been an effective way of bringing people from all corners of the world and all walks of life together. The Earl Brackin Band, a bluegrass group from Dalton, was invited to play at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and after a pit stop in Moscow, performed at the Winter Games this past February. Now back in the U.S., the group will perform a free concert Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Dalton State College in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
The Calhoun Little Theater will present “The Hallelujah Girls,” a Southern comedy by well-known playwrights Jessie Jone, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten on May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center in downtown Calhoun.
DALTON — Individuals wishing to begin or resume a college education are invited to attend Dalton State College’s Quick Admit Day Friday, April 18, to facilitate the application, enrollment, and registration process. Quick Admit Day will be from 8 am to 5 pm, on Dalton State’s main campus.
Beginning this Tuesday, April 15, TheatreCentre will open The Passion of the Christ: It Is Finished. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening in the Centre Armory Building, 635 Armory Road in Centre. Admission is $10.
The 2014 Centre Lions Club Pancake Day will be this Saturday, March 15, from 6 a.m. until noon.. The event will be staged at the Centre First Baptist Church recreational outreach center, located at intersection of the U.S. 411 Chesnut By-Pass and Alabama Highway 9 (across the highway from the former Centre National Guard building).
Living on the edge of Little River Canyon is always an adventure. This week that adventure included three inches of snow on Tuesday, Feb. 11, followed by an ice storm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, followed by six inches of snow on Thursday, Feb. 13!
Cherokee County residents continued the slow process of thawing out late last week after a fast-moving surprise winter blast blanketed the area with snow in the late morning and early afternoon hours Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28.
As the nation continues to commemorate the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), the 6th Cavalry Museum will host a lecture series on Saturdays in February at the Catoosa County Library’s community room from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The line up for the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival that will take place April 25-27 at Kingston Downs has been announced. Among the artists headlining the show includes Outkast, Pretty Lights and Foster the People.
University of Alabama senior student and Crimson Tide football team equipment manager AJ Starr spent his Christmas break in Centre. He was glad to be back home for the holidays, but part of him yearned to be on the sideline with the team he loves, wishing he could help the Tide earn another national championship.
CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA – In January 2014, Booth Western Art Museum is opening two new exhibitions featuring the art of two female artists. Georgia artist Susan K. Friedland’s exhibit Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland opens January 7, 2014 in Borderlands Gallery and will run through April 6, 2014. On January 16, 2014, Donna Howell-Sickles, who is among the most recognized women artists in the West, will open her exhibit Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles in the Booth’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery and it will remain on view through April 27, 2014.
Rome, Ga. — Mezzo-soprano Cynthia Wohlschlager will join Shorter University assistant professor of music Dr. Jerico Vasquez, on piano, for an evening of music on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Brookes Chapel.
Park Ranger Larry Beane will present “Trail of Tears: The Benge Route” at Little River Canyon Center on Saturday January 11, 2014, from 2 to 3 PM. The survivors of the Benge Detachment of the Trail of Tears arrived in Indian Territory 175 years ago, on January 11, 1839. The presentation will include a discussion about the people who left here and a short video about the Cherokee Removal.
Millions of fans mourned the passing of one of the great legends of country music this past Dec. 16 when Ray Price died. For one local musician and businessman, it hit on a more personal level as his father, also a musician, was not only colleagues with Price, but was also a good fishing buddy.
Author D. Keith Jones announces the release of his new Western fiction, “Sheriff Adonai,” the story of a young man, Misief (Mee-Sef), and his journey to stay one step ahead of a sheriff, a stranger and a broken past that is constantly pursuing him.
It was one gratifying experience for students and staff of Centre middle School recently as they witnessed first hand a seasoned marine veteran mentor a new recruit who has just completed basic training.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — For decades, a giant 17th-century Italian masterpiece has been slowly losing its luster on an obscure library wall on the Villanova University campus.
Also fading — from memory — has been the artwork's fascinating backstory. It begins with an American-born Italian princess and a papal palace, twists through World War II, and ends up on the Main Line with the help of an ambitious priest.
But now the century-long, operatic tale of the princess, the priest, and the painting is getting a bright and uplifting new finale.
The school and a University of Delaware conservator are working to give new life to Triumph of David, the epic 12-by-20-foot piece by Pietro da Cortona, one of the most important painters in Rome in his time. They hope the two-year restoration will brighten an oil painting that has not only been degraded and discolored by the passage of time but suffered damage during the 1944 Battle of Nemi on the Italian front.
"If a da Vinci has a scratch in it, do you throw it away?" asked conservator Kristin deGhetaldi, a doctoral student at the University of Delaware who is leading the $100,000 project.
"There are not a lot of oil paintings associated with Pietro's circle in the U.S., and the sheer size of the painting makes it very unique," she said.
Also worthy of a revival is the Baroque tale of how a canvas depicting David presenting Goliath's head to King Saul — accompanied by 10 other Italian paintings from a castle outside Rome — made it in the 1950s to Villanova, where it has been hanging ever since in the Falvey Library.
The story begins in the ashes of the American Civil War. Jennie Berry was born in northern Georgia in 1861, the daughter of a former Confederate colonel. After traveling and studying in Europe, she married a successful Nashville businessman who died several years later, leaving her a very wealthy widow and what one account called "a 'jet-setter' before jets."
In 1901, when Berry was 40, she married Don Enrico Ruspoli, the 23-year-old son of an Italian prince. They purchased the historic Castle Nemi outside Rome that had belonged, at various times, to many of the great papal families.
Don Enrico Ruspoli died just eight years later, and he left most of his property, including the castle, to his brother. But Berry, now known as Princess Eugenia Ruspoli, maintained she had supplied the funds for the castle with the agreement that should her husband die, she would retain possession.
A bitter court battle led to a 1916 agreement in which the princess obtained the title and all the house's contents. Meanwhile, she had returned to the United States after Don Enrico Ruspoli's death and lived in New York but still traveled frequently to Italy.
At the outbreak of World War II, Ruspoli shipped antique furniture, paintings, and sculpture to her sister Martha Berry, who founded Berry College in Rome, Ga., which now owns most of Eugenia Ruspoli's collection. But Triumph of David was still inside the castle when it was heavily damaged by a bomb in 1944. The painting also suffered water damage.
One last plot twist brought 11 of those paintings to Villanova.
Ruspoli, a philanthropic socialite, knew many prominent clergy, and it was through a Vatican connection in Washington that she met the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, Villanova's librarian who was in the process of building a new facility. Falvey, who started the Friends of Villanova Library to raise funds for the project, convinced Ruspoli that the rising building would be an ideal home for her family treasures, and she donated them just months before she died in 1951.
"I think she decided that Villanova was an appropriate place" for the painting, said a granddaughter, Elena Corso, who lives in New York.
Since 1956, Triumph of David has hung in a wing of the library now known on campus as "Old Falvey." But experts said three earlier restorations did more harm than good.
"It went through some tough times. That being said, it's survived very, very well," said deGhetaldi, who is being helped by interns and a Villanova chemistry professor and art historian.
It is still definitely worth saving, she said.
Cortona was known primarily as an architect, but his most important work is the ceiling fresco of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, said Carl Strehlke, adjunct curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cortona also did preparatory drawings for some of the tapestries depicting the story of the Emperor Constantine that hang in the Philadelphia museum.
Strehlke said it was difficult to know the value of the Villanova painting in its present state.
Over-paint and varnish have degraded and dulled the original vibrant colors and, in places, left big black blotches. DeGhetaldi pointed out a brilliant blue robe on a figure of a dancing woman, which she had restored to its original hue. In the middle was a small grayish patch that she had left untouched to show how the colors had faded.
Cortona was known for "vibrant blues, lovely colors, beautiful skies. That's not what we have here," deGhetaldi said.
After removing or reducing the over-paint and varnishes, restorers will retouch and apply a more stable finish.
While most restorations take place in the bowels of museums, the Cortona is being cleaned and repaired in its home in "Old Falvey," where anyone can watch and ask questions or follow the project via a webcam and blog.
When the painting is finished, the room will be remodeled into a student lounge with an atrium where the restored painting will hang.
With the rest of the princess' gifts fading away in storage, deGhetaldi said she would like to see what other treasures might be there.
"It's fun," she said. "Like going into an attic, and you don't know what you will find."