Bobby's Bama: Huntsville Museum of Art grand opening

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- The Huntsville Museum of Art opens a new wing on Saturday.

In the new "Davidson Center for the Arts" is seven new galleries, a huge theater, an outdoor stage and additional parking.

One of the collections contains silver works from Milan.   "The Bouchelitti Family have been silversmiths since the late 1800s. These works are each hand done," said Clayton Bass, museum president.

The fundraising & planning campaign for the expansion was a six year-long project, and it also happened during a recession.

"The timing for this project has been very interesting. It would make quite a fascinating case study. We have been very successful in that primary fund raising was completed in 2007, and at the very beginning of 2008 before things began to implode!" Bass said.

Another gallery celebrates women artists.

"It was the largest privately held collection of American women artists known to exist in the U.S. 106 paintings and a number of works in bronze as well," said Bass.

Bass tells us one work was painstakingly restored after years of smoke and pollution.

There is also a family area geared toward children.

The grand opening will be Sunday.  People can tour the museum from 2 until 5 p.m. for free.

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