The Chattahoochee River Dams Project is making waves with a new exhibit at the Columbus Museum.
“Turning of the Seasons: The Moulthrop Family and the Chattahoochee River Dams Project” showcases pieces crafted by the famous family out of Atlanta. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.
Three generations of Moulthrop men have helped put Georgia on the map as an epicenter for wood-turned bowls. Many of the vessels featured are part of a limited series of bowls made of reclaimed wood from the 1869 Eagle & Phenix Dam.
In addition to work crafted by the Moulthrops, the exhibit features historical artifacts and information about the Columbus textile mills and its important role in the city’s history.
Mercedes Parham, marketing manager for the Columbus Museum, said the exhibit has a lot to offer.
“This exhibit is important because it lends an artistic perspective that captures the legacy of the Chattahoochee River,” she said. “The river dams have been significant to the development of our region. In this exhibition, Philip and Matt Moulthrop used wood salvaged from the Eagle & Phoenix Dam to create wood turned bowls. The artists’ quality of work is recognized nationally.”
Ed Moulthrop, the patriarch of the Moulthrop family, was a self-taught wood turner and the architect responsible for the Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens. Ed died in 2003, and his son, Philip, and grandson, Matt, have continued the family tradition.
The Moulthrop family’s work is in museums and galleries all over the world. Their recent pieces featured in Turning of the Seasons have become popular among local and regional collectors.
The Columbus Museum will host a silent auction for bowls from The Eagle & Phenix Dam Series later this fall.
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