Mark your calendar now! Come February 17, its all about golf at the Lighthouse ArtCenter
. The museum will pay tribute to the local and national favorite pastime through an exhibition featuring one of the finest collections of golf memorabilia in the world, compliments of Dr. Gary Wiren. Dr. Wiren is a golf educator, a Master member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, a former national PGA staff director, and is one of only three professionals named to both the PGA Hall of Fame and Golf Magazines World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
The exhibition premieres alongside some of the nations finest golf art from the renowned Academy of Golf Art. Participating artists are: painters David Coolidge, Leslie B. DeMille, Linda Hartough and George T. Lawrence; photographers Dick Durrance II and Larry Lambrecht; sculptor Brad Pearson. Both exhibitions open February 17, 2011, and run through April 6. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, February 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Golf-enthusiasts and art-lovers alike will enjoy an impressive historic collection of books, clubs, balls, postcards, stamps, tees, magazines, sheet music and works of art. Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Deits says shes looking forward to turning the museum into a golf-haven for a few months. I think its something that people in this area will appreciate, she says. Moreover, Deits notes that the collection has appeal even to people whove never set foot on a golf course. The breadth and depth of Dr. Wirens collection makes it fascinating for anybody to look through. Dr. Wirens collection alone has been mentioned on ESPN and by various national and international news sources. Additionally it has been personally visited by Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Jack Welch.