Color Wall benefit exhibition of Joe Cox paintings a resounding success

Two of the Joe Cox paintings currently being shown at the Lee Hansley Gallery Too on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. (Photo by John Morris, Goodnight Raleigh)


Melodious strains from a jazz piano filled the air Sunday as visitors meandered through the Lee Hansley Gallery Too on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. A collection of 18 Joe Cox paintings and works on paper attracted a crowd of 150 to the afternoon opening reception. Nine of the works were donated by Joe Cox’s niece, Janice McAninch and her husband Skip, as a gift to help fund the restoration of Cox’s celebrated light mural, Color Wall.  

Jazz selections on the piano enhanced the ambience of the gallery reception. (Photo by John Morris, Goodnight Raleigh)



 Installed in the D. H. Hill Library on the N.C. State University campus in 1972, the Color Wall went dark for the last time nearly three years ago. A fundraising campaign to restore this masterpiece of undulating  color and ever-changing light began late last spring with an online effort to raise funds to replace the mechanical light controller with a modern, digital SmartSwitch Relay System. To date, more than $10,000 has been raised through individual donations.  

Visitors enjoyed an array of hors d'oeuvre and a selection of wine provided by the gallery. Belgian-style ale was provided by the Ommegang Brewery of Cooperstown, N.Y. (Photo by John Morris, Goodnight Raleigh)


At the opening Sunday five paintings were sold, and monies realized from these and future sales will go directly to the Color Wall Restoration Fund. The fund is administered by the NCSU Friends of the Library at N.C. State University, and will be used to purchase and install the relay system, and to provide a source of money for maintenance of the Color Wall for years to come.  

Two visitors discuss the paintings and ink drawings by Joe Cox. (Photo by John Morris, Goodnight Raleigh)


The new switching system will be installed this summer and the Color Wall will be up and running again in plenty of time for the rededication of a renewed Hillsborough Street in September. In the meantime, the Joe Cox paintings will remain on exhibit, and for sale, at the gallery through April 17.  

  1. Hello all,

    Nicely done. Great photos too.

    We both look forward to seeing the Color Wall re-illuminated.

    Larry Bennett, School of Design graduate, 1974. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY.
    Christine Alexander, SoD Post-graduate, 1974. Fine artist, Cooperstown, NY.

    (Thanks for the shout out for the Ommegang beer. I hope it helped lubricate the sales.)

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