Mural depicts Madison’s history, heritage

Judy Foxx is shown here with the mural she painted for the City of Madison to showcase the city’s logo design. A local artist and retired art teacher, she has recently resumed her career as an artist. The mural was commissioned by Madison City Council with help from a grant and is located in City Council chambers.

Judy Foxx, a local artist and long-time Madison resident, has painted a mural featuring the dome and top portion of the Boone County courthouse and other items symbolizing the City of Madison and Boone County’s heritage.

The mural graces the wall of the Madison City Council chambers and is a design from the Madison logo that was chosen several years ago.

REV UP Madison was awarded a grant from the On Trac/Main Street organization and the logo was designed from photos showing the area’s history and heritage, and the slogan “Our Heritage Runs Deep.” The logo was designed by Arnett Muldrow Associates.

The courthouse reflects Boone County’s history and Madison as the county seat, a coal bucket from a display at the WV Coal Museum in Madison symbolizes our abundant resource, and a tree represents our mountains.

Judy is now retired from teaching art in public schools and has recently resumed her career as an artist.

Growing up in McDowell County, West Virginia, Judy said she was not fortunate enough to have art teachers in school, but was encouraged by her parents to create art. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia State with a BS in Art Education and studied with Stan Sporney and Robert Hutton for her Master of Art degree from Marshall University. Her visits to several European galleries for up close studies of the “Old Masters” works have also quickened a desire for quality and purpose in each art she completes.

For 25 years Judy made a career of teaching art in public schools at all age levels in Boone County and at SWVCC. It was at the elementary and middle schools levels that she said she witnessed several situations where children were being abused in their homes.

“Those incidents, combined with a graduate thesis on Social Realism, helped me understand that I was somewhat of a social realist, loving to show truth through my paintings and drawings,” she said.

Judy said the main focus of her work is usually realistic still life, but she occasionally focuses on landscape or creative design in the form of non-objective art, finding both intensely gratifying methods of artistic expression.

Shortly after retirement from public schools, Judy became a member of Tamarack and in 2015, was invited to join Gallery 11 in Charleston.

She also became a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia in April of the same year, and is now moving forward to an exciting artistic future. Some of her work can be seen at Gallery 11 on Quarrier Street in Charleston.

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