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Huntsville Museum of Art Displays Variety
Part 3:  The Farmer/James Collection of Southern Art

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The rich tapestry of the South is the focus of another exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The Farmer/James Collection of Southern Art (1850-1950) highlights the people and places of the region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This exhibition includes 50 works of stunning portraits, still lives, and landscapes from the private collection of Dr. Nancy Farmer and Dr. Everette James of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It will be in the Museum through October 12.

"The paintings, pastels, and drawings in this collection are skillfully executed in a range of naturalistic and impressionistic styles that capture the rich diversity of the people and land of the Southern United States," Assistant Curator Colin Thompson said. "Viewers to the exhibition will discover some well known artists like Childe Hassam and George Inness, Sr., as well as a local favorite, Maria Howard Weeden."

James is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke Medical School. He trained in radiology at Harvard and was a post-doctoral student and a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

In addition, James has collected American art for more than three decades, has been a guest curator for nine exhibitions, served on several art boards, and was the founder and cover editor of the "International Journal of Art in Medicine." James has written more than 500 articles for publications, including Antiques Magazine, International Journal of Antiques, and Southern Antiques. He and his wife, Nancy J. Farmer, have given a number of artworks to museums, universities and colleges, as well as charitable institutions. Southern artists and women artists, in particular, remain a special interest of the couple.

The Huntsville Museum of Art is located at 300 Church Street South in Big Spring International Park. Museum hours are 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 256-535-4350 or 1-800-786-9095, or visit the Museum’s website at www.hsvmuseum.org.


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