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BROWNSVILLE, Pa. – "Images of Yesterday, A Peek Into Brownsville's Past" will be on display Oct. 8 in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit, "Antonio Petruccelli: Master Illustrator," at the Frank L. Melega Art Museum.
Both exhibits will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flatiron Building, 69 Market St., Brownsville. The photography exhibit will be set up on the second floor of the Flatiron Building, former home of the Frank L. Melega Art Museum that is now located on the first floor adjoining the Heritage Museum.
"Images of Yesterday" was compiled from a collection of more than 1,140 photographs donated to Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. by former resident, Norman Patterson of Erie, who digitally restored and enlarged images taken by his lifelong friend, the late Harold Richardson. The historic collection contains photographs documenting Brownsville’s history, some of which date back to the late 1800s.
The special showing of the Norman Patterson Collection coincides with the public reception of the opening of the Petruccelli exhibit, which runs until Dec. 4. The revered Antonio Petruccelli (1907-1994) illustrated more than 24 Fortune magazine covers between 1933 and 1945 and created covers for The New Yorker, House Beautiful, Colliers, and Vanity Fair. The exhibit will feature 22 originals, with an additional eight pieces on display for the opening reception. The collection also will feature his magazine illustrations and a postage stamp design. In 2012, the Petrucelli exhibition will be on display in New York from Oct. 16 to Dec. 1 at the gallery of the prestigious Society of Illustrators.
Admission and parking are free at the Flatiron Building, Heritage Museum and Frank L. Melega Art Museum complex in downtown Brownsville.
Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. (BARC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancements and the arts. Contact the BARC office, 724.785.9331, for additional information about programs and upcoming events.