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Regional museum opens new exhibit

Artists Kennington, Hill display works

POSTED: August 22, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest has summer exhibits on display featuring works by two female Southern painters, Dale Kennington and the late Carrie Lillian Hill.

A reception for both exhibits will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the MSMA in Demorest. The reception will feature remarks by Kennington and a relative of Hill, Julius Linn of Birmingham, Ala., Graham C. Boettcher, the William Carey Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will present a special guest lecture.

Admission is free into the MSMA at 567 Georgia St. in Demorest.

The first show on display now through Aug. 22 is titled “Dale Kennington: Power of the Moment” and features a selection of large and small paintings. Born in Savannah in 1935, Kennington has called Dothan, Ala., home for more than 50 years. She is known as a contemporary realist, often infusing her paintings with subjects in a variety of situations, ranging from the wisp of wind at an outside cafe to the profound complexity of human interaction.

Kennington earned a bachelor of art degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and did post graduate work at Auburn University.

The second show, which runs through Sept. 30, features works by Carrie Hill (1875-1957). Born in Vance, Ala., Hill moved to Birmingham at age 16 and studied in Europe with American impressionist George Elmer Browne. She often painted in the plein-aire technique made popular by impressionists and tonalists of the day. Hill is also known for murals created in Birmingham during the Great Depression, the only woman selected for such projects by the Public Works Administration.

Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact MSMA director Daniel White at 706-778-8500 ext. 1011 or dwhite@piedmont.edu.


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