A work in progress
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 15, 2014 | 1595 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eddie Brown stands in the Bankhead House and Heritage Center near a piece titled “Brothers on Lake,” which was inspired by his childhood growing up on Smith Lake. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
Eddie Brown stands in the Bankhead House and Heritage Center near a piece titled “Brothers on Lake,” which was inspired by his childhood growing up on Smith Lake. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
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A lifetime of work from local art instructor Eddie Brown is featured in the first exhibit of the year at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center.

An opening reception for the one-man show, titled “A Work in Progress,” was held Tuesday afternoon.

Brown, who is also an author, incorporated his trademark humor into colorful descriptions of many of the pieces in the exhibit.

He prefaces his Fallen Angel series with the comment, “I always thought the idea of fallen angels was fascinating. I mean, what on earth could an angel do to get kicked out of heaven? Sing off key? Play the harp too loudly? I mean please...heaven’s more strict than Lynn on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

Brown, a Jasper native, began painting as a child. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts from the University of Alabama. He spent 35 years in the Jasper City Schools system as an art instructor.

He is currently an adjunct professor of art at Bevill State Community College.

Brown said his parents recognized the artistic talent he displayed at an early age and encouraged it.

“They insisted on us (he and his brothers) exploring and always having something going on,” Brown said. “In fact, we had family meetings once a month, and you had to tell something that you were doing that month. If you didn’t have anything going on, they had chores that they could suggest that could certainly take up your time.”

One of Brown’s first art teachers was Mrs. Tindle, a chain smoker who gave him a lifelong appreciation of European art techniques.

Brown has had numerous one-man shows at his brother’s gallery in Birmingham. “A Work in Progress” is his first exhibit in his hometown.

Brown said he was flattered by the invitation to have his work displayed at the Bankhead House.

“This is the most beautifully displayed show that I’ve ever had in my life,” Brown said.

The exhibit runs through April 18.

The Bankhead House is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.