HUNTINGTON A woman who captured the beauty of the region and its residents in her paintings will have many of her works for sale during the Huntington Museum of Art’s Fine Arts Sale this month.
The watercolors and oil paintings of Huntington native Adele Thornton Lewis will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20 and noon to 5 p.m. July 21 at the museum at 2033 McCoy Road. Works will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Although a Huntington resident, Lewis was an artist of the Tri-State, having created works representing scenery from her home state to Florida and beyond. Brenda Keathley, former director of the defunct Ashland Area Art Gallery, said she remembers Lewis well.
“Adele Thornton Lewis was one of my very first introductions to the amazing, world-class, fine art talent here in the Tri-State,” Keathley said. “(She is) a lovely lady with ‘the painter’s eye’ toward still life, as well as the beauty of nature. Her watercolor dedicated to medical practitioners is well known and hangs in many physicians’ offices here and I’m sure, around the country.”
Keathley said Lewis was one of the first artists in the region to have prints made of her work because it was so popular.
Lewis’ work is in the permanent collection of the museum. Museum director Geoffrey K. Fleming said the paintings in the sale include seascapes, landscapes and some recognizable landmarks in the area.
“My personal favorite is the view from Harris Riverfront Park out to the Ohio River,” Fleming said.
She has had one-artist shows in West Virginia, Ohio, Florida and South Carolina. Her portrait of former West Virginia Governor John “Jay” D. Rockefeller IV is on view at the State Capitol in Charleston and her portrait of Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager was gifted to Marshall University by Yeager himself. Prints of her paintings were also commissioned by the Huntington YMCA Foundation and Marshall University Athletic Department. Her long career included work as an illustrator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
While living in Huntington, Lewis was a member of the Tri-State Artists Association. Sylvia Jackson, a member of the organization and a watercolor painter and instructor, said she remembers Lewis from the TSAA and from her work.
“She was probably the best-known portrait artist n this area,” Jackson said. “Her work is a cut above.”
Unfortunately for fans, Lewis will not be present for the sale.
“My mother’s health will not allow her to attend this sale to benefit the Huntington Museum of Art,” Leonor Button, the artist’s daughter, said. “Mama has always loved Huntington and the HMOA, and the entire family is delighted to know that purchases made will allow people to enjoy her artistry for years to come while also supporting the museum.”
A significant portion of proceeds from the Adele Thornton Lewis Fine Art Sale will benefit the Huntington Museum of Art.
For more information, (304) 529-2701 or visit hmoa.org.
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