Morning in the Tall Pines

Joe Cowdrey

November 6 – April 23
The UnVacant Lot | 217 W Jackson St
Hours:  Monday – Sunday | 7am-11pm
Free and open to the public 

Featured Image:  Joe Cowdrey | Detail from Morning in the Tall Pines Mural

What would downtown Thomasville look like if you took a trip back in time, to an era before the buildings and roads? That is a question Joe Cowdrey aimed to answer when he set out to paint Morning in the Tall Pines. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding forested areas, including the Tall Timbers Research Station, Joe set the scene for a misty morning in the longleaf pine forest. Using vibrant blues and greens, contrasted by the dark-red brick color of the pine trunks, Joe created a piece that feels dense with vegetation, but also spacious, much like the local forests. Catch this mural just after sunrise, and it really seems as if the light of the early sun is reflecting off of the painted trees while the early morning mist drifts up into the atmosphere.

Joe Cowdrey is a self taught painter from Tallahassee, FL. He draws his main inspiration from the natural landscapes he explores on a regular basis, wherever he may be located. Environment is very important to him, and it is his hope that people are able to share his appreciation for the beauty of the forest after seeing his works. Joe currently lives and works in
Northern New Jersey.




Complimenting Cowdrey’s work is Emily McKenna’s 3d installation of aviary life in the pines, while Venessa Hurst and the students at Vashti use the art of liquid pour to bring attention to the beauty of pine tree rings. These tree rings will serve as ornaments on the City of Thomasville Christmas tree located in The UnVacant Lot in mid-November.  Bring your family for an heirloom photo.

“What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means. Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are”. – Association for Public Art