Thrift store

UTSA professor buys rare and original painting from Georgia thrift store

A UTSA professor visited a thrift store in Georgia in May, but had no idea he would walk away with a rare treasure.

William Pugh, Assistant Professor of Practice for UTSA’s Department of Information Systems and Cybersecurity, was out shopping with his wife in Covington, Georgia when he came across a breathtaking piece of art. breath.

The painting, titled “Eve in the Rose Garden” by Keith Bankston, showed a scene in the Garden of Eden of the deceptive serpent lying on Eve, appearing to whisper in her ear. The scene comes from the stories in the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible.

Pugh said he was first drawn to the painting because of its biblical theme.

“It’s not necessarily mentioned in the Bible, but there are legends and stories that say that before Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, roses had no thorns” , Pugh said in a press release. “(The artist) portrays that perspective in this painting.”

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The price of the painting was $125, but when Pugh’s eyes caught sight of the artist’s blue signature in the lower right corner, he realized that was a small price to pay for an original piece. .

After researching the painting and its artist, Pugh found other Bankston paintings in a collection at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon. It didn’t take long for him to decide to make his contribution.

“I really like it. But something like this — by a known artist in Georgia — would be most beneficial in a museum in Georgia where everyone can enjoy it,” Pugh said.

He spoke with the museum’s director of exhibits, Jeff Bruce, and said he wanted to donate the painting, although the value of the piece has yet to be determined.

“Even though it’s worth so much more, I’ve always wanted to donate it,” Pugh said. “The Tubman Museum in Macon is the perfect place for that.”

The painting was shipped to the museum and arrived on Wednesday, July 20. The work joins other pieces by Bankston as part of the museum’s collection.

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You can read more about the painting below, courtesy of UTSA:

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