- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - History tells its story across a variety of mediums - organic and man-made.

From the hypnotizing ripples of tree rings and the painted layers of soil to works of literature and the writings of historians, each medium shows a different aspect of how our world was and - for the observant - is a shadow of what it could be.

As a culture, we make our own tree rings. Each artist, sculptor and craftsman creates its own page in the history book or tree ring.

And when works of art from across decades are put together, a history starts to come into focus.

Since 1982, the Tennessee Valley Art Association has been accumulating pieces of art. Now, selected works from their collection are being exhibited together, creating a cross-section of Southern art.



“You’re going to see a lot of variety and a lot of different flavor,” said Betsy Heckert, communications director for the Tennessee Valley Art Association.

Reynolds Metals Co. and Bank Independent helped to jump-start the collection in the 1980s, providing the association with funds to purchase pieces from juried shows such as the Helen Keller Festival Fine Art and Craft Show, and Exhibition South, which the association sponsored from 1986 to 2005.

Stephanie Qualls, curator of exhibitions and education with the Tennessee Valley Art Association, said these initial investments helped inspire other community members and organizations to donate and support the permanent collection or for collectors to donate pieces.

“What you’ll see here is a sampling,” Qualls said. “We focused on largely Southeastern art. This best represents our community and region.”

The exhibit, 50 Years: Works from the TVAA’s Permanent Collection, is a part of the association’s 50th anniversary celebration.

It opens Sunday and runs through Nov. 14.

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