Nacogdoches Art League celebrates legacy with new exhibit

Nacogdoches Art League celebrates legacy with new exhibit
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Pieces from Nacogdoches Artists that capture the essence of the Pineywoods are now on display for all to enjoy.

The permanent display by the Nacogdoches Art League offically opened to the public Sunday afternoon. The exhibit was the idea of artist Sherry Ward who got together with the Nacogdoches Conventtion and Visitors Bureau.

"We originally had a temporary display in 2008 down here to pay respect to the late Dr. Ab Abernathy who always supported us," Ward said. " I knew we eanted to do something more permanent."

Months later, the exhibit came together to showcase the work of many artists through the years and the charter members; Rudy Morris, Charles Reid, Marvis Bailey and Reese and Lucille Kennedy who gathered at Gallery 107 on october 9,1969.

"There were many artists who really did play a role in those orginizational years," Ward said.

In getting the display together, we wanted to get many of these great pieces to permanently put up here," Ward said. ""t was easy for me to share what I had but then others, with some, I really had to convince them it was a worthwhile thing to do. It was so important for us to get people to donate these. i was amazed at the ammount of people that agreed to."

The display will continue a growing relationship with the league and the CVB.

"There the art experts," CVB Board Member ick Still said. "I'm really not so the subject matter and that kind of thing I left up to her and she went out there and I really think she hit a home run."

Through the years, the league has held numerous shows and fundraisers to give back to the community through an art scholarship to a Nacogdoches County senior that plans on going to SFA to either major or minor in art. The giving spirit of the group dates all the way back to the beginning.

"It was not just the local artists but it was so many members of the  business and civic community," Ward said. They got right behind them. They were charter members."

Each piece is different but will take viewers on a trip through the tall pines of East Texas.

"I think it's really, really beautiful and anyone that comes to see it would say that," Still said.

NAL past and present members included in this exhibit are Virginia Blackmon, Ellen Cogswell, R. G. Dean, Ouida Whitaker Dean, Charlotte Hamilton, Gussie Hill Hallam, Mary Hooper, Reese Kennedy, Lucille Kennedy, Ruby Morris, W. E "Billy" Muckleroy, Martha Jo Price, Mable Reese, Polly Ritterskamp, Edwin Davis Shake, Rebecca Stanly, Eugene "Gene"Tomlin, Cheryl Verner and Sherry Ward.

The exhibit is free and open during normal business hours at the CVB.

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