Hunter Museum of American Art
Left: original museum building containing historic collection, Right: extension wing housing contemporary collection and temporary exhibitions. Photos by John Hazeltine.
Portraits of Correspondence
In Portraits of Correspondence Lou Boinest Hollingsworth uses letters from her own past and her family's past as inspiration. According to the artist, "Letters of love and courtship written in the 1920's and 1930's from my daddy, Richard Leroy Boinest, to my mother, Kathryn Harper, keep me in touch with a beautiful memory and stimulated the inspiration to create this series of paintings." Later, Hollingsworth expanded her scope and included paintings of letters sent to her at summer camp and even mailers used to return her slides. The paintings are large (4 x 6 feet, for example) and are subtly and very realistically painted. (left above: Letter from London, 4 x 6 feet, oil on canvas)
Hollingsworth received a BFA from Auburn University and went on to become a medical illustrator for the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine and then a graphics illustrator for the U.S. Army Training Aids Center. She gained a reputation as an abstract artist in the early 1970s in Birmingham. She has also designed fabricated furniture and later studied metal sculpture.
The exhibition will be on view from September 18 - November
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