GALLIPOLIS — History, when retold, has a way of coming alive again. There is this sense of having been there, even when you weren’t. That’s the sense one gets when walking through the galleries of the French Art Colony (FAC) for their current photographic exhibit, “Remember When …”
The galleries are filled with mostly black and white photos ranging from the late 1800s to the 1980s and contain images that skillfully capture moments in Gallia County’s history. The majority of the photographs are on loan from David Tawney, who alongside his father Max Tawney, operated a long-standing and esteemed photography business on Second Ave. in Gallipolis. Those photos that did not come from Tawney were organized by Cheryl Enyart, who also voluntarily hung the exhibit.
Jenny Myers, office assistant at the FAC, was visibly energized by the exhibit.
“It’s one of the most fun exhibits we’ve had in a while,” said Myers.
She said as a person who knew the area well, left for a time and came back, the photos jog a lot of great memories.
“It gives me a sense of belonging to the community,” said Myers. “The photos tie memories from different decades together to create a full picture of the city.”
The photographs are grouped together in categories such as the City Park, First Ave., Second Ave., Businesses through the Years, Civic Groups, the Silver Bridge, the Ohio River, Churches, Local Families and Notable Locals.
“Anyone who lives in this area would love to see all these pictures,” said Myers, as she pointed out one after the other. “I’d say older residents would have stories about many of the places in the photos.”
The exhibit will be on display at the FAC through January 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend and may walk through the exhibit at their leisure.