August 5, 2009

Friends of the Fort Pitt Museum Commission Wall-Sized Painting

From Post-GazetteNOW:
Friends of the Fort Pitt Museum has commissioned a wall-sized painting as a parting gift to the institution that the group's members have supported for more than 40 years.

The theme of the work, which is to be completed by Hampton artist John Buxton no later than 2014, will be Fort Pitt and the American Revolution.

The organization announced that it has set aside $60,000 of its remaining assets to cover Mr. Buxton's commission, research expenses, framing costs and a reception planned for the work's unveiling.

"The painting will be a fitting tribute to the hundreds and hundreds of people who have supported the museum for more than four decades," said Donn Neal, president of the Friends association.

The organization is scheduled to be dissolved as Senator John Heinz History Center assumes administration -- but not ownership -- of the state museum, located in Pittsburgh's Point State Park.

Facing a financial crisis, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission chose the history center to manage the facility as a cost-saving measure. The state will continue to own the property and many of the artifacts on display inside the museum.
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(Just to clarify, the image above does not represent the mentioned commissioned painting, but is an image exemplifying the battle at Fort Pitt)

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