The McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) is seeking any Scruffy the Dog art by the late Howard McCurry to be featured in an upcoming show.
MACA received a large donation of napkins with Scruffy the Dog, and now the gallery wants to have a show dedicated to McCurry’s muse. They are asking the public to loan any drawings they may have for the show, including hand-written stories on how they received the piece.
“People have told me stories about what was happening that day when they ran into him (McCurry). And he would make jokes about whatever was ever going on,” said MACA Director Susan Pyatt Baker.
All entries should be turned in by Friday, Sept. 21 at MACA, located on S. Main Street in downtown Marion. The three-day show will be Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 27 with a reception on the last day from 5 to 7 p.m. An online gallery will be featured on MACA’s website of the drawings.
McCurry, who passed in 1999, left a long-lasting legacy of artworks depicting life and landscapes of McDowell County circa 1920. He was also famously known in the area for his cartoon drawings of Scruffy the Dog that were often drawn on napkins with pen and given as gifts to his friends or strangers. His cartoons were featured in The McDowell News and The McDowell Express during the 1980s.
Many of his paintings can be viewed at local businesses and banks in McDowell. McCurry was a member of the Lions Club and integral in building Blue Ridge Terrace Apartments. Sept. 12 is also Howard McCurry Day proclaimed by former mayor Everette Clark in 1996.
For more information, contact Susan Pyatt Baker at 652-8610.