C.G. Morehead Print Celebrates — If It Can — 40 Years as a Dave Spencer Family Heirloom [VIDEO]
Artist C.G. Morehead, who passed away in 1979, is an Owensboro legend. His artwork can be found almost anywhere in Daviess County and probably far beyond.
Three of his prints became part of my family’s history: Plate No. 19 “#10 Downing Street”; Plate No. 9 “Old Southern Bank” (a bank robbed by the Jesse James gang in 1868); and, my personal favorite–one which I’ve adopted as my own–Plate No. 16 “Grand Ole Opry.”
“Grand Ole Opry” was painted in 1972 and we got it a year later. When I was a kid, it was an endless source of fascination. It wasn’t just a painting of the legendary Ryman Auditorium; Morehead also included many familiar figures on the sidewalk.
Of course, you’d need to be told who they were because it really isn’t obvious, but it was a fun addition. It’s why I did the video. When I was little, I’d spend hourse spotting famous people. There’s a non-comprehensive list on the back. Of course, my favorite part was also, arguably, the most random inclusion — Ronald McDonald.
I’ve seen many of C.G. Morehead’s prints over the years in various buildings and homes in Owensboro and Daviess County, but I’ve never seen another copy of “Grand Ole Opry.” I wonder if there’s a copy in the actual Ryman Auditorium.
I know they can’t have mine!