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
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 Museums website at www.hsvmuseum.org.
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