August 31 - November 20
Louisiana Legend -
Clementine Hunter (1886-1988)
American Folk Artist
February 4- March 14, 1996
The American Folk artist, Clementine Hunter, was born in Louisiana in 1886 and spent most of her long life at Melrose Plantation outside of Natchitoches. She created several thousand paintings in her long career and was invited to visit the White House during President Carter's administration but declined.
This exhibition was from a private collection of over 40 paintings belonging to Dr. Hugh Schoephoerster of Anoka, MN. The words "naive", "primitive" or "folk art" are placed on works such as Hunter's. However, "self-taught" is probably the most accurate.
"We don't know if she was a great painter. But we do know she's one of the most prominent social historians of her time," says Dr. Schoephoerster.