We've always got a special exhibit on display at the Cutrer Mansion.
The first room to the left when you enter the Cutrer Mansion's front door is our display room. On permanent display in that room is a special collection of photos, newspaper clippings and other archives that tell the story of the Cutrer Family who built the home. This room was originally the dining room when the Cutrer Family lived in the house in the 20s and 30s, but now, it is named for the Rock River Foundation who contributed a large sum of money in 1999 to save and renovate the Cutrer Mansion. We may change out this exhibit at times when we have special guests or special events happening, but it will always go back to the Cutrer Family Archives as it will remind us all of the family that lived here over 100 years ago.
The Cutrer Mansion also has a special collection of local artwork on display throughout the house and in the Norman Brown Gallery, commonly known as the ballroom. These paintings are all by local artists who currently live in Clarksdale or who lived in Clarksdale in the past.
Artists who currently have artwork displayed in the Cutrer Mansion include Barbara Baine, Miriam Dabbs, Dot Hector, Jennifer Joyner, John Ruskey, Stan Street, Kim Wong, Joey Young and the Reverend John Cutrer Smith. Reverend Smith is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Cutrer. He was born on January 13, 1924 and died on March 31, 2021 at the age of 97 years old. Jack, as we called him, was a wonderful supporter of the Cutrer Mansion and shared so many of his memories with us. He use to say that he "was the last leaf on the tree" because he was the last person alive in modern times who lived in the house when it was still a private residence. We are going to miss him terribly, but we are so grateful for his life, his legacy and his love.
We continue to look for new artwork to share in our temporary display or in our permanent collection. Please call today or come by to see this special exhibit on local artists. We have a lot of talent in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and we are pleased to be able to help share it at the Cutrer Mansion.
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