Since we opened in the Fall of 2013, our big grey wall has been a subject of considerable debate. Many loved the wide open, clean & uncluttered space. Others felt that it looked unfinished & empty. Both camps shared their perspectives often with us. For our part, we didn't want to rush to throw "chachkies" on the wall, to steal from the yiddish concept of knick-knacks for knick-knacks' sake. So for almost 2 years, our restaurant's walls stayed mostly unadorned.
Recently, the creative and amazing minds from the Colquitt County Arts Center started dreaming with us about the idea of extending their reach so that they can display even more of their amazing art collection. It started when we helped to sponsor a hand knotted Rug Gallery, including hanging one of the beautiful larger rugs here to help raise awareness for the current gallery. Turns out, this big grey wall makes for a great gallery space! So today, Leah from the Arts Center hung her first Downtown Moultrie Gallery right here in our restaurant.
We are honored and thrilled that she brought over a collection of Dennis Gould Art. Dennis Gould was a fantastic surrealist artist from Oregon, and as the director of the Armand Hammer Foundation, he was instrumental in bringing the incredible Armand Hammer collection (considered one of the most important art collections in the world) through Moultrie, Georgia.
We are loving the result, and we hope that this is just the first of many partner galleries with the Arts Center!