Trees will help Johnson Center sparkle

Published 7:19 am Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Prints of Andy Warhol exhibition came down Saturday after a very successful run at the Johnson Center for the Arts.

Already, plans are under way for the next showing at the Center.

Richard Metzger, executive director of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, said the Christmas Tree Extravaganza will open to coincide with the Troy Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 and will offer a Christmas “gift” to the community.

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“We were talking about the fact that, with the economy the way it is this year, it’s going to be an interesting and difficult Christmas for a lot of folks,” Metzger said. “We want to be good neighbors, and we also want to partner with the downtown merchants and the city of Troy to make this Christmas season special for everyone.

“In doing so, we want the Johnson Center to sparkle with all the beauty of Christmas. We want it to be a place where families can come and enjoy the Christmas season.”

And, Metzger said he can think of no better way to make the Christmas season bright than with a display of wonderfully decorated Christmas trees.

“Thanks to Bryan Smith at Terra Cotta Home and Outdoor Market, our exhibit sponsor, and to the support of local businesses and individuals, the Johnson Center for the Arts will present a fantastic display of Christmas trees during the holiday season.”

Terra Cotta has donated 12 Christmas trees to the Johnson Center for the Arts for the “extravaganza.”

“We’ll have one 18-foot Christmas tree, two 12-foot trees and seven 9-foot trees,” Metzger said.

The trees will be decorated by Alabama Writers Forum, Brundidge Lions Club, the Confucius Institute at Troy University, Scherryl Harrison, Patricia Thomas and Velma Tucker, Donna Horn at Horn Beverage Company, Troy University Alumni Association, Wal-Mart Super Center, Gail Thompson at On the Square Antiques and anonymous donors.

“We appreciate the support of the Johnson Center for the Arts in bringing this special holiday exhibit to the Center for the enjoyment of the community through the holiday season,” said Metzger.

The Christmas Extravaganza will close on Dec. 31 to make ready for two new exhibits.

“We are excited to begin the New Year with an African-American quilt exhibit featuring quits from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Gee’s Bend and by Yvonne Wells and an exhibit of 52 Bill Wright’s black and white environmental portraits from around the world. Bill Wright is a member of the Texas Humane Association.”

Metzger said it is with a great sense of pride that the “Prints of Andy Warhol” comes down.

“The Warhol exhibit was an overwhelming success,” he said. “More than 2,000 school kids saw the exhibit and about 1,200 people from off the streets. It exceeded all expectations.”