Exhibiting during March 2018 in the Mazie Jones Gallery:
The Jones House Cultural and Community Center's Mazie Jones Gallery features an exhibit by Digital Watauga for March 2018. This year’s Digital Watauga exhibition features images from the Paul Armfield Coffey Collection. Coffey (1934-2007) and his wife Rachel Ann Rivers-Coffey (1943-1999) were the owners and publishers of the Watauga Democrat from 1965 to 1994. Following the sale of the paper that year, Armfield began the arduous task of curating the paper’s massive photo morgue, which the Coffeys had retained and which originally must have consisted of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of images.
Following Armfield’s death, his executor sold the Rivers Printing Company building where the photo morgue was stored and directed that the materials left behind in the second floor apartment be disposed of. As this work progressed, Grace C. Dorsey, who lived nearby, noticed that thousands of images were being thrown into dumpsters and hauled away. Dorsey intervened, salvaging a remnant of the Democrat’s photo morgue with permission from the workers. In October 2016, Dorsey contacted Digital Watauga and generously offered the entire collection on the condition that Digital Watauga would take ownership of the collection and preserve the images. The images displayed in this exhibition are samples from the collection, which is believed to contain approximately 10,000 images.
The Digital Watauga Project is a collaborative, nonprofit effort between the Watauga County Historical Society and the Watauga County Public Library to preserve and display the High Country's archival memory. Digital Watauga seeks individuals, organizations, and institutions that may possess materials that document Watauga County’s history, then works with these donors to safely digitize their materials for digital archiving and display on the Digital Watauga website (DigitalWatauga.org). Access to Digital Watauga’s website is free for everyone, and the project is supported by donations from members, businesses, and institutions in our community.
The Jones House Cultural and Community Center gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon-5:00 p.m. An exhibit opening reception will be held Friday, March 2, starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.joneshouse.org or call 828.268.6280.
2018 Gallery Schedule
February - Junaluska Art Group
March - Digital Watauga Project
April - Watauga Education Foundation
May - Mieszko Kwiatkowski
June - Lisa Hyman
July -High Country Watermedia Society
August - Elaine O'Quinn
September - Alcohol Ink
October - Dane Rhyne
November - Cheryl Prisco
December - Year in Review
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