Color Wall benefit exhibition of Joe Cox paintings a resounding success
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.
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.
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.
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.