A national traveling exhibition of women’s artwork is making a stop in Loretto.
“Southern Light: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art” will be on display June 29 through Aug. 11 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The traveling exhibition comes from the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama and its recently acquired Sellars Collection.
Interim curator Bobby Moore said this isn’t the first time the Loretto museum has hosted an exhibit from across the country, but it will be the first time any art has been received from Huntsville.
“All the works are making their debut in the Huntsville traveling show nationwide,” Moore said.
“Their are 54 pieces from the Sellars Collection, which has 406 works.”
The paintings in the exhibit are from 1850 to 1940 and exemplify French impressionism in America, Moore added.
“It shows the hallmarks of American impressionism,” Moore said.
“The style changed as Americans produced works. The technique changed, depending on the artist. From early French impressionism to American, there was a distinct change.”
With its emphasis on color and light, impressionism formed a pleasing counterpoint to the gritty subjects favored by urban realists and industrial scene painters.
For most American art lovers, it was the preferred choice, and in an era when women artists were discouraged from taking on masculine subjects, the impressionist repertoire of pastoral landscapes, floral still lifes and domestic interiors was what the audience wanted to see.
Moore said the traveling exhibit will only be on display at the Loretto museum rather than moving on to its three satellite locations.
“Schedules at the other museums were filled up,” Moore explained.
“Timing is of the essence.”
Museum hours at Loretto are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
What: “Southern Light: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art.”
When: June 29 to Aug. 11.
Where: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.