An exhibition of important early works by Clementine Hunter will be on display February 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lemee House in Natchitoches. Clementine Hunter – Making a Mark, is being sponsored by The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches.
The pieces being displayed are from the Collections of Thomas N. Whitehead, Ann and Jack Brittain and Children, and Melrose Plantation. ‘The paintings from the Brittain family go back to the earliest days of Clementine Hunter painting when Francois Mignon was mentoring her and acquired some of these pictures. These paintings are rarely exhibited and especially not in the grouping presented in this exhibit,’ said exhibition curator and author Tom Whitehead. ‘Any Hunter fan will be surprised to see the diversity of subjects and how her style has evolved over the years. No exhibition this size has a broader look at the career of Hunter than the works exhibited at the Lemee House.’
The exhibit is a rare opportunity to see an 8 foot by 12 foot mural that Hunter painted for the interior of Yucca House on the grounds of Melrose Plantation and a 7 foot long mural that she painted to decorate under the eave of Ghana House, also located at Melrose.
This event is open to the public and marks the beginning of Natchitoches’ Tri-Centennial celebration of Black History month. Official Tri-Centennial events are held the second Saturday of every month in 2014.
The Lemee House is located at 310 Rue Jefferson in Natchitoches, Louisiana. For more information on the event, call (318)581-8042.