A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Maud Gatewood and artifacts highlighting her family's life in Yanceyville opens this weekend at the Caswell County Historical Association's Richmond -Miles Museum.Source: The Caswell Messenger, 19 September 2007 (by Lauren Eaken, Messenger Staff Writer). Photographs (unfinished work and globe) courtesy The Caswell Messenger. Photograph (Maud Gatewood seated) Courtesy the Charlotte Observer © 2004 Charlotte Observer.
Included among the displayed canvasses spanning Gatewood's half-decade career is the last -- and unfinished -- piece on which she worked: "Untitled (Kitchen)," a 50-by-50 inch work in acrylics.
There are also samples of Gatewood's prints, charcoal, and pen and ink drawings, and works in graphite and oil.
Visitors will see her baby clothes, a photograph of Gatewood on her prized pony and the toy gun and holster she carried with her as a child while accompanying her sheriff father, as well as her high school yearbook, programs detailing her exhibits and magazine articles written about her.
Gatewood's globe is also on display, punctuated with orange push pins identifying the many places she visited in her travels around the world and blue push pins showing where she studied or taught.
Maud Gatewood was born in 1934 in the upstairs room of the Florance-Gatewood House where the Historical Association museum exhibit is now displayed.
Having skipped two grades in school, she attended UNCG, then called Woman's College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. She went on to earn a Master's degree from Ohio State the following year.
Gatewood was not only a prolific artist but was active in community affairs as well. In 1976, she was slected the first woman on the Caswell County board of commis-
sioners. She died at the age of 70 in 2004.
Beginning with this weekend's Bright Leaf Hoedown, the Historical Association will now charge a $5 admission fee to the museums for nonmember adults. (Children under 12 enter free.) CCHA President Karen Oestreicher said the decision to charge was based on financial necessity. She's hoping people will take the opportunity now to join the Historical Association and enjoy free admission to the museum.
The Caswell County Historical Association's next general meeting will be held Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church. The family of Bartlett Yancey will present a portrait of the town's namesake at the meeting.
Click on the above photographs to see if a larger image is available. Please be warned that if you click on "Untitled (Kitchen)" or globe in the text you will be directed to large bmp files of these images that may take several minutes to load, depending upon the speed of your Internet connection. These are the same images as shown above, but much larger.
For more on this famous artist and her family go to Maud Gatewood and the Caswell County Family Tree.