The Art of Barbara Bear Jamison and MissCellany

Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“The Art of Barbara Bear Jamison” opens at the Burgwin-Wright House on Fourth Friday Gallery Night and will hang until July 21 . The show also includes a pop-up exhibit, “MissCellany”, featuring items from the museum collection used or worn exclusively by women.

Jamison is an award-winning artist who enjoys painting both in plein air and in the studio. Working in plein air allows her to see colors that can only be observed outdoors, and that experience also enlivens her studio paintings.

A fourth generation Wilmingtonian, Jamison began painting in Wilmington’s Post Office Alley at the age of 10, where she took lessons from Hester Donnelly. She continued those lessons with Donnelly and Saant Celia at St. John’s Museum of Art, and went on to major in art education at UNC Chapel Hill.  Jamison's paintings can be seen at All About Art on Bald Head Island; City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC; Jester’s Café, Wilmington, NC; at invitational and juried events and in private collections. Jamison works primarily in oil and gouache.

“MissCellany” showcases a dozen feminine objects from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century, such as velvet pocketbooks, a silver sewing kit, hand fans, a miniature jewelry box, a parasol, a shoe buckle, a pocket watch and a cut crystal perfume bottle. All pieces in this exhibit are paired with a written description and history.  For example, a leather basket is accompanied by an explanation that in the mid-1800s, the lady of the house would have used it to store her household keys. Particularly prominent in Virgina and North Carolina, key baskets were popular wedding gifts.



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