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Local Artists’ Work Now Graces Courthouse Walls

Whiskey Falls by Gay Abarbanell Submitted by The North Fork History Group –

MADERA COUNTY — With the new courthouse recently opened in Madera, there were a lot of bare walls just waiting to display beautiful works of art for visitors and employees to enjoy.

Rather than purchasing artwork for the building, the County decided to offer local photographers the opportunity to submit digital photographs to adorn the walls.

The County then selected those they felt were most appropriate to be on permanent display.

The photographers did not receive any money for their work, but they do have the recognition of their photos being seen by the thousands who pass through these halls every month.

Judge Marcia Putney at desk - photo courtesy North Fork History GroupThe North Fork History Group was informed of this opportunity and submitted photos from their archives, of which the County selected four, which are now on display.

This includes a photo of Judge Marcia Putney behind her Rouch Cabin by Gay Abarbanelldesk in North Fork.

Three North Fork photographers had photos selected for permanent display: Gay Abarbanell, Joanne Freemire, and Don Grove.

All of the photographers were honored at an Artists Reception held on Oct. 28, in the courthouse.

The North Fork History Group will archive all the photos submitted by North Fork photographers for the future.

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