IF YOU GO
What: Hunter Museum's 60th anniversary party.
When: 6 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View.
Admission: Adults $9.95, children ages 3-17 $4.95, children under 3 free.
Next week, the Hunter Museum of American Art will celebrate a birthday that will keep on giving.
First up is a 60th anniversary party on Thursday with ice cream, cake, music and a first look at a new exhibition celebrating the museum's history.
The salutations continue with a pair of Hunter Happens events in October and a ticketed black-tie gala in November.
The exhibition, according to public relations and marketing director Katrina Craven, is a history of the Hunter in archival photos, stories and a timeline.
"It's a look back," she said, "and a look at where we're going. It's an historical perspective on the [museum]."
Stories, according to Craven, have been contributed by supporters, collectors, curators and others.
The exhibition, available in addition to the recently opened "Chattanooga Gems III," which showcases works from personal art collections in the Chattanooga area, will be showcased in the Douglas fir hallway until January.
On Oct. 11, 212 Market owners will provide a "Gems of Chattanooga Cuisine" presentation.
The restaurant was the first "green" restaurant in the state, uses locally grown produce where possible and has long been a partner for the museum, Craven said. The program will tie into the "Chattanooga Gems III" exhibition.
On Oct. 25, local attorney and history buff Maurice Nicely will lead "Landmarks on the Bluff," a walking tour that covers a history of the Hunter buildings, their three architectural phases and a historical perspective on the bluffs that includes stories about people who resided in the area.
Hunter Happens events are included in the museum ticket price.
The Nov. 10 Spectrum event is an annual fundraiser for the museum that features dinner and a silent and live auction.
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...