Events & Festivals

Noted Hannibal artist from the past, unique views of Hannibal's history come to life

For The Courier-Post
Posted: Nov. 8, 2019 7:00 pm

HANNIBAL — The upcoming exhibits at the Hannibal Arts Council include collected works of Hannibal-born artist James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), a collaborative exhibit with local artist and educator Stephen Schisler and local historian and author Steve Chou and a retrospective exhibit of small wood carvings by the late John D. Fortenberry (1928-2018). In addition, 288 historic photos of Hannibal from the HAC Permanent Collection will also be shown as part of a Bicentennial Series on the Photography Channel, a digital image exhibit.

All exhibits will run Saturday, Nov. 9 to Wednesday. Nov. 20, at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St., and are being sponsored by F&M Bank and Trust Company. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The reception is being hosted by the CRD Circle of Kings Daughters. The public is invited to attend. HAC will also be celebrating 10 years in its current facility.

The Beckwith exhibit contains a wide span of Beckwith's work from his early drawings, to his classically painted portraits and to his technical attempts at Impressionism. Born in Hannibal in 1852, Beckwith began his art studies in 1868 after his family moved to Chicago. Going on to study art in New York, Paris and Italy, he started an art league with colleagues John Singer Sargent and Meredith Chase. He became internationally famous as an artist and an instructor at the Arts Student League of New York. The collection of Beckwith works is on loan from the collection of Nora Creason and Don Metcalf.

Time Machine 2.0. is a collaborative exhibit with local artist and educator Stephen Schisler and local historian and author Steve Chou. Original black and white photographs from Chou's Hannibal collection are painted in full color by Schisler to allow the viewer to see them in a different light. The exhibit is titled Time Machine because photography and paintings are two of the greatest ways to look through the window to the past.

A last minute addition to the gallery space in November is a retrospective exhibit of small wood carvings by the late John D. Fortenberry (1928-2018). Fortenberry was a hobby wood craftsman who was as prolific as he was detailed in his work. Thanks to his family, the public will have the opportunity to both view and purchase his work. Filling out the exhibits is the final Bicentennial Series Photography Channel. This is the second time the Hannibal Arts Council's collection of 288 historic photos of Hannibal have been shown in 2019, Hannibal's bicentennial year. The digital image exhibit is shown on a 55-inch television in the gallery.

HAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The HAC gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays. More information on the current exhibit and other HAC programs is available by contacting the Hannibal Arts Council at findit@hannibalarts.com, 573-221-6545 or visiting them on the web at hannibalarts.com.

 

 

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