African American History Month Art Exhibit to be Featured at Columbia, TN Welcome Center


Columbia, TN (TN Tribune) – A new art exhibit celebrating African American History Month will be on display in the heart of downtown Columbia at the Visit Columbia Welcome Center (713 N. Main St.). The exhibition will run throughout the month of February and will be open during opening hours Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This art exhibit will feature two local artists, Dr. Morgan Hines and Brad Anderson, showcasing their immense talent. Artwork will also be available for purchase directly from the artists.

Dr. Morgan Hines was born and raised in New York, NY. He is 75 years old and has been practicing dentistry providing care to Maury County and surrounding counties for nearly 48 years. He graduated from Meharry Medical College where he interned and served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Pathology. He is the founder and trainer of the Columbia Boxing Club which has worked with young people for over 45 years. Dr. Hines’ adventure with art began when, as a child, he was always playing with clay. Under the influence of his brother, he began to draw, paint and sculpt. His miniature figurative intaglios have won awards nationwide. His art has led him to create abstracts that he calls multidirectional. Multidirectional Art® is unidirectional artistic creation that can be viewed from multiple directions. A two-dimensional work of art becomes Multidirectional Art® when the piece can be rotated in different directions, each rotation giving the viewer a new discovery and perception. Three-dimensional art is inherently multi-directional whereas two-dimensional art generally is not.

“My works of art are created in such a way that they give the viewer many directions to see,” said Dr. Hines. “Usually, an artist signs his work in one place, while I sign mine in several places. A signature obliges the viewer to view and hang the work in one direction only. With mine, work can be snagged in many directions. Art is like life. Sometimes you have to turn it sideways or upside down to see its meaning.

Born and raised in Columbia TN, Brad Anderson took up drawing as a child because he bored one of his sisters so much she was fed up and gave him some paper and crayons and told him to go somewhere and draw something. Since then, he tries to draw everything he likes, mainly comic characters and cartoon characters on TV. Anderson took art classes at schools and earned her AS degree from Columbia State Community College. Since then he has created art in various styles such as oil paint, colored pencils, design markers, airbrush, always pushing himself to see what he can do. It wasn’t until Anderson started watching Terry Madden’s watercolor studio that he became interested in watercolor. This inspired him to paint portraits, animals, flowers, places and even comic book heroes in watercolor. His work has been exhibited at the Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Community College and various Columbia businesses.

The public, locals and tourists, are encouraged to come and see the exhibition, to learn more about local artists, their artistic styles and the stories behind their works. For more information, visit

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