Frequent thrift shoppers know that low-cost treasure often lurks at the bottom of the bins. Everything from a gently used designer bag to a carefully preserved relic from antiquity could be yours for the taking. Who can forget the Roman bust rescued from an Austin Goodwill? Recently, a University of Texas at San Antonio professor made such a discovery: a painting by the beloved Georgia artist Keith Bankston.
First conceived in 1982, the painting is one of Bankston’s early-career works, entitled “Eve in the Rose Garden.” Its return to the spotlight began when it was spotted propped up in the middle of a Georgia thrift store. William Pugh, an assistant professor of practice for the UTSA Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, purchased it with his wife while vacationing in Covington, Georgia.
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