Arts & Ag Tour Preview Stop #4

courthouseHistoric Downtown Centerville at the Old Courthouse is Stop #4 on the 2014 Arts & Ag Tour.

Inside the antique brick building, which sits in the center of the square, is a treasure trove of Hickman County history. On Friday from 10am-4pm you are invited to explore the Hickman County archives and meet members of the Historical Society who most recently published a book chronicling the history of the Old Courthouse. This book will be for sale for $15 and the proceeds will go to restoring the building. Historic Downtown Centerville plans to use the restored courthouse as a cultural arts center.

Toyzini's Last Moments of Hickman

Toyzini’s Last Moments of Hickman

On Saturday, day 2 of the Arts & Ag Tour, you are invited to meet local Outsider artist, The Great Toyzini, who will be on site with an exhibit of his recent works and to demonstrate his painting techniques. Toyzini, recently completed an original, acrylic-on-canvas measuring 113 by 53.5 inches which depicts the Defeated Creek skirmish that killed Edwin Hickman. This painting was hung in the west corridor of the Old Courthouse in Centerville on February 15, 2014. Brad Martin, editor of the Hickman County Times and Chair of Historic Downtown Centerville, explained in a news article that the painting shows Hickman, on the ground after he was shot, being held by James Robertson. Robert Weakley is confronting the Native Americans with his rifle; it was Weakley who successfully proposed that this county be named for the surveyor who was killed on that April day in 1791. According to Martin, Toyzini said the tragic portrait was encouraged by similar work of the great American artist Thomas Hart Benton, whom he studied while in college and that his intent is to support the continuing work to re-establish the Old Courthouse into a cultural arts center.

Also on Saturday, there will be an exhibit of antique farm implements on the Old Courthouse Lawn and live old-time country music by Ronnie Howell & Friends.

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