Photos of late philanthropist to go on exhibit

DOWNEY - The new Stay Gallery in Downtown Downey has taken possession of the J. Arthur Morris photography collection and will host its first showing Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.The event will celebrate the life and work of the late philanthropist and photographer. Grace Eshilian, a close friend of the Morris family, reached out to the gallery last year to share Morris' photographs. "Since then, the Morris family has been generous enough to lend the entire J. Arthur Morris Collection to Stay Gallery in order to curate exhibits dedicated to their father's work, and to help Stay Gallery fundraise," officials said. Admission to the event is free but the gallery is accepting $20 donations to help curate future events featuring Morris' work. The collection includes more than 300 pieces that have been divided into several series for exhibition at a later date. The Feb. 8 opening will also feature live music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

********** Published: January 24, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 41