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  • Harris Gallery
    the two entities have been closely connected since the early 20th century Mosquito Fleet by Paul R Schumann 1929 gift of the Galveston Art League For many years Art League exhibits were regularly held at the library When the Rosenberg Library added its Moody Memorial Wing in the 1970s space was provided for a permanent gallery for the Galveston Art League Each year a juried show was held providing members the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art Lazy Bones by George W Newman ca 1934 gift of the Galveston Art League In addition to planning regular exhibitions and juried shows the Art League managed its own permanent collection of artworks that had been acquired over the years through purchase or donation Many of these were displayed in the Rosenberg Library and became iconic images for patrons Works by notable local and nationally acclaimed artists such as Paul Schumann Boyer Gonzales Dawson Dawson Watson Rolla Taylor Frederic Taubes and Eugene Speicher were included in the Galveston Art League collection In 1982 the League generously donated its collection of 23 paintings and drawings to the Rosenberg Library to ensure its long term preservation and care Many of these works are included in A Century of Galveston Art Although the Art League now maintains its own gallery on Postoffice Street the relationship between the League and the Rosenberg Library continues today through the McGivney Award purchase prize program The McGivney Award was created by Dr Merlin Joseph McGivney 1905 1985 a local dentist and long time member of the Galveston Art League Dr McGivney perpetuated his love for the arts by establishing an endowment fund administered by the Rosenberg Library Each year the library awards a purchase prize to the McGivney Award winner at the Galveston Art League s spring juried show

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    States he settled in Galveston two years later and began his career as a professional painter on the island He returned to Germany in 1907 where he continued his art career until his death in the 1930s During his twenty years in Texas Stockfleth produced an invaluable artistic record of historic Galveston While best known for his ship portraits Stockfleth also painted a number of Galveston residences Included in the show are three different views of the antebellum William Jefferson Jones Home 1224 Avenue G Henry Greenrood Home by Julius Stockfleth ca 1880s gift of Mrs Rosa Senechal Rothsprack A native of Virginia Judge William Jefferson Jones came to Galveston in 1852 In 1855 he erected a plantation house at Virginia Point an area located at the very tip of the mainland Jones was the first person to successfully harvest sea island cotton in Texas and make use of its oil After the Civil War he sold farm tracks to former slaves in an area that would become known as Highland Station Other Stockfleth works in the exhibit include the Henry Greenrood Home at 1224 Avenue G the original Lucas Row apartment complex which was destroyed during the 1900 Storm and the Nicolini House at Tremont and P ½ during the post storm grade raising Grace Spaulding John Copley Phillips House 2591 Broadway by Grace Spaulding John 1920 gift of Patricia John Keightley A well known artist in Houston and Galveston Grace Spaulding John 1890 1972 studied at the Chicago Art Institute the Art Students League in New York City and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Upon returning to Texas she married Alfred Morgan John a prominent attorney and the great grandson of Sam Houston John was one of the first artists male or female to have a solo showing at the Museum of Fine Arts Examples of her work can be found in numerous national collections including that of the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of the City New York John was commissioned to paint a number of elite residences in Galveston including that of the Copley family Located at the corner of Broadway and 25th this house was built in 1915 for George Noble Copley and his wife Eveline Goggan Copley Copley served as secretary treasurer during the post 1900 Storm grade raising The Copleys sold the home to the Phillips family who owned it until 1955 Its next owner Mary E McCowan sold the home to American Oil Company which demolished the house in 1956 to build a service station on the lot A second work by John in the show features one of Galveston s most famous architectural landmarks Open Gates home of the Sealy family Galveston businessman George Sealy made a fortune as one of the founders of the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railway In the late 1880s his wife Magnolia Willis Sealy commissioned one of America s foremost architectural firms McKim Mead and White to design a home for their large family

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  • Harris Gallery
    copy of Audubon s ducks and this life changing event led to their vocations as painters of birds After successful local sales of their bird paintings the Gentlings dreamed up the idea of creating a modern day Texas specific version of Audubon s Birds of America Beginning in 1983 the brothers began travelling the state of Texas to view and draw the state s most beloved birds in their natural settings By 1984 the Gentlings were running out of the money necessary to complete the production The brothers mortaged the home they shared their mother also mortgaged her home The twins put up a rare and valuable painting from their personal collection as collateral for a bank loan Eventually this work an original painting of boat tailed grackles by John James Audubon had to be sold in order to pay off their debt after publishing the book In 1987 Sotheby s auction house arranged the sale and the winning bid was 253 000 The total cost of the Of Birds and Texas project was 850 000 Canvasback Duck image courtesy of Museum of Printing History Houston While perhaps best known for their work as bird painters Stuart and Scott Gentling continued to pursue other artistic ventures in the 1990s and 2000s Scott Gentling won the commission to paint the official gubernatorial portraits of Texas governors George W Bush and Rick Perry Together the Gentling brothers designed the dramatic dome mural for the Bass Performing Hall in downtown Fort Worth and ran a successful art gallery Stuart Gentling died in 2006 Scott passed away five years later in 2011 GALLERY TALK WITH JIM FOSTER Jim Foster image courtesy of Jim Foster The exhibit opening featured a gallery talk with Jim Foster acclaimed nature photographer and writer Mr Foster is a native

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    face of the historic building The poem begins with the prophesy by Gitche Manito the Great Spirit of Hiawatha s arrival as a peace maker among the tribes It goes on to incorporate diverse mythologies and characters into twenty two chapters Some include tales of Hiawatha s childhood adventures his marriage to the beautiful Minnehaha the slaying of the evil magician Pearl Feather the invention of written language and the discovery of corn Throughout the prose are words borrowed from the Ojibway language such as Gitche Gumee which referred to Lake Superior While The Song of Hiawatha paints Native Americans in a sympathetic light a point that upset some of Longfellow s contemporaries its overall message encouraged Native Americans to give up traditional values and beliefs At the conclusion of the work Hiawatha s village is visited by foreign missionaries and he asks his people to accept their Christian message Hiawatha launches his canoe westward and departs from his homeland to The Land of the Hereafter Joseph Boggs Beale Before the arrival of modern motion pictures in 1896 magic lantern shows were a wildly popular pastime The magic lantern an image projector invented in 1659 by Christiaan Huygens was a tool used for the education and entertainment of many Americans by the mid 19th century Stories songs educational series Biblical tales and poems such as Longfellow s The Song of Hiawatha were converted into illustrated slide shows These shows were accompanied with live narration and sometimes music Joseph Boggs Beale was the foremost magic lantern screen artist during the nineteenth century The eldest child of a prominent Philadelphia family Joseph Boggs Beale 1841 1926 began the study of art and writing at an early age In 1860 he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and eventually became a

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    Library and the Galveston Reads program Galveston Reads is a community wide book club that encourages unity through literature The book for 2012 was the best selling Still Alice by Lisa Genova which follows the struggles and triumphs of a woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease Embracing Aging featured works by accomplished local photographers Barbara Pursley and Marilyn Brodwick Both artists spotlight aging and present images that invoke

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    painter are exemplified by his many vibrant still life paintings Wortham exhibited his first one man show at the Rosenberg Library in 1942 With the outbreak of World War II he served in one of twelve missions designed by the U S Army Medical Corps to prepare an art record of the war and its casualties After the War in 1953 he held his second solo exhibition at the Rosenberg Library In 1950 Wortham moved to Madrid Spain to begin advanced studies in art conservation and was elected a Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters in 1961 Besides restorations for museums and churches he restored masterpieces for the families of the Duke of Huete Duke of Estremera Duchess of Andria Marquis of Lastra and the Countess of Oropesa Two years after Wortham s death in 1974 King Juan Carlos of Spain posthumously bestowed upon him the Order of Isabelle the Catholic at a one man show of his works at the Jasper Galleries in New York Wortham s training allowed him to produce works of classical technique with influences from French Impressionism Japanese wood block prints and Neo Romanticism It was Mr Wortham s wish that his

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    his talent for capturing natural subjects is evident in those that are featured as part of this special exhibit Boyer Gonzales was born in Galveston Texas on September 22 1864 His father Thomas Gonzales was a successful merchant who immigrated to America from Mexico His mother Edith Boyer came from a wealthy Philadelphia family After they married Thomas and Edith Gonzales moved to Galveston in 1853 Thomas Gonzales opened a wholesale grocery and cotton firm on The Strand between 21st and 22nd streets The business thrived and Thomas Gonzales eventually became president of the Galveston Stock Exchange and Board of Trade As a teenager Boyer Gonzales worked as a bookkeeper for his father s business Gonzales had been interested in art since his childhood but his parents never encouraged him to seek formal training In 1887 when he was 22 years old Boyer Gonzales met the artist Winslow Homer one of America s most accomplished painters Arthur Homer Winslow s brother lived in Galveston and was a business associate of Thomas Gonzales and a friend of the family He arranged for Boyer Gonzales to meet his brother while Gonzales was on a business trip in New England The two artists quickly became friends Homer invited Gonzales to spend several summers with him at his home in Prout s Neck Maine There mentor and protégé sketched painted and fished together At age 27 Boyer Gonzales was forced to take on more responsibility in the company when his 34 year old brother died unexpectedly His father passed away a few years later leaving Boyer Gonzales in complete control of Thomas Gonzales Sons His duties to the family business left Boyer Gonzales with very little time to pursue his true passion painting On September 8 1900 Galveston Island was violently struck and nearly

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    students were taught to draw forms to depict a hierarchy of genres with biblical mythological and historical subjects Technique was strictly regulated to be narrative instructive and elevated in tone The tools of continuity were shattered by the debut of new styles in art between the years 1800 1899 In context the 19th century bore a series of revolts against the aristocratic social and political norms and brought about radical

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