County, Ky., museum
to exhibit Hubbard landscapes
seek paintings from collector
to display in temporary exhibit
This spring, all Harlan and Anna Hubbard enthusiasts will
get a treat when the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky., opens an exhibit
of landscapes painted by Harlan.
This exhibit will take place from April through June at the museum,
located at 800 Pleasant St., in Paris, Ky.
by Harlan Hubbard, such
as the drawing above, will be on
display in a new exhibit at the
Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky.
The showing is in its preliminary stages, so Meg Shaw,
art librarian at the University of Kentuckys Lucille Little Fine
Arts Library, is still searching for paintings that feature landscape
scenes of Campbell County, Trimble County and the places the Hubbards
saw during their shantyboat voyage.
In addition to artwork and writings, the Hubbards are perhaps best known
for their sustainable lifestyle spanning 30 years at Payne Hollow in
Trimble County, Ky., and for river cruising to New Orleans on their
People are intrigued by the way he and Anna lived in harmony with
nature, Shaw said. Now there is an even greater interest
in minimizing our impact on the environment, so his ideas are very timely.
Nancy OMalley, head of the curatorial committee at the Hopewell
Museum, agreed about the relevance of the exhibit to current events.
Living green will be a part of it, she said. He wasnt
interested in modern trappings and life. He rejected them.
Many people compare Hubbards ideas and lifestyle to those of Henry
David Thoreau, the famous transcendentalist author who retreated from
society into the wilderness for several years and wrote works such as
Harlan Hubbard brought those ideas to life in a way that no other
person and no other artist was able to, Shaw said.
In fact, Hubbard was purported to have said that he did it better
than Thoreau, OMalley said.
Hubbard exhibits seem to be happening everywhere. This past fall, a
collection of Harlans riverboat paintings were displayed at the
Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, Ind., but the exhibit at
Hopewell will highlight some photographs of the Hubbards and Harlans
landscape paintings, including some painted on tin.
Well get pieces that havent been exhibited as much,
OMalley also expressed interest in the style of Hubbards
He was an astute observer of the landscape, she said. The
landscape takes center stage and humans are in the background. He had
a long painting life and painted a lot. We want to show him throughout
his artistic life.
Shaw began photographing and documenting Hubbards paintings in
1994. She uses those images to build an archive of Hubbards work
that even includes private collections.
It is even more impressive that, while living self-sufficiently,
he also left an extensive legacy of artwork, and a record of a landscape
that in some places has changed forever, Shaw said.
OMalley said that she is confident about the turnout for the coming
I think it will be very well-received, OMalley said.
Harlan Hubbard already has a lot of fans. I hope they all come
She added that the exhibit will draw in people who are not familiar
with the Hubbard way of life.
Shaw has been planning the exhibit at Hopewell since last fall.
The Hopewell Museum is a wonderfully restored U.S. Post Office
building that dates back to 1909, just nine years after Harlan was born,
so it is a very compatible environment, she said.
OMalley said that she was excited to have the Hubbard exhibit.
We have a beautiful museum and we love to show it off, OMalley
The Hopewell Museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday,
and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum closed in January, but
it will re-open in February with its current exhibit on the 200th anniversary
of the Western Citizen, the original newspaper of Paris, Ky. Following
the Hubbard exhibit from April through June, the museum will host the
Kentucky Art Pottery exhibit for the rest of the summer and into early
For more information about the museum,
call at (859) 987-1225 or visit: www.hopewellmuseum.org.
For more information about the Hubbard exhibit or to inquire about loaning
landscape paintings by the artist, contact Meg Shaw by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (859) 257-4908. Learn more about the Hubbards at www.HarlanHubbard.com.
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