Dear Editor:

Yesterday, Barbara Bennett and I visited the Bobby Carr Retrospective exhibition at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery on the second floor of the Wetumpka administrative building. I could not believe the amount and the quality of work in the show. It not only includes works for sale, but also numerous pieces on loan from private collections, as well as work by his former students and weekly studio group.

Being an artist myself, I have followed Bobby’s work for many years. I have taken workshops from him and purchased works by him and consider his artwork to be a benchmark for me to strive for in my own work. However, despite my obvious love of his work, I was still blown away by the exhibition.

Mark Harris chairman and Hope Brannon, curator and vice-chair of the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery are to be commended for orchestrating this show. I also commend Cheryl McKiearnan, English teacher and former student of Carr, for her work in writing the narrative for the catalog and storyboards, which chronicle Carr’s career. The exhibition is so professional looking that Barbara and I thought we were in New York City instead of Wetumpka, Alabama.

I would also like to recognize Butch Gantt, coordinator for the student portion of the show and Sylvia McConnell, board member and coordinator of the private collection portion of the show.

I would urge everyone in Wetumpka, Elmore County and the State of Alabama to come view this show. You will not be disappointed!

A reception and open house, organized by Phyllis Kennedy and Shirley Esco, is scheduled for Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. The private collection portion of the Carr exhibition will be on display through Nov. 20. The artist’s collection, available works and the student collection will be on display through Jan. 20, 2014. An exhibition catalog can be found at

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Docent tours organized by Sylvia McConnell and led by gallery volunteers are scheduled for Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

I sincerely hope everyone will attend the exhibit, participate in the docent tours or come to the reception. This exhibit is a tremendous honor to Bobby Carr, who is a great man, teacher and artist. Congratulations Bobby!


Carol Hickman