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American Impressionism Blooms in ‘The Artist’s Garden,’ Opening Oct. 3 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 21, 2015) –American Impressionism and the popularity of gardening as a leisure activity is the focus of a major exhibition opening Oct. 3 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The museum will be the third of only five venues nationwide to host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 18871920.”  The exhibition will be on view in Winston-Salem Oct. 3, 2015–Jan. 3, 2016. 

This national exhibition, featuring what Philadelphia Magazine called “the best of the genre,” includes the work of the American Impressionist artists William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Cecilia Beaux, Maria Oakey Dewing, Frederick Carl Frieseke, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir.

Frederick Carl Frieseke (1974-1939), Hollyhocks (Among the Hollyhocks), by 1911, Oil on canvas, 25 ½ x 32 in. National Academy Museum, New York, NA diploma presentation, November 2, 1914, 479-P. Photo: Glenn Castellano

Frieseke's Hollyhocks (Among the Hollyhocks) is among the many
iconic examples of American Impressionism in the exhibition.

“These artists were responsible for revolutionizing art in America by bringing Impressionism from France to America for the first time,” said Allison Slaby, Reynolda House curator. “They fell in love with the freshness, light, and color of French Impressionism and found that gardens, whether in Europe or America, were the perfect places to experiment with this new style.” 

“The Artist’s Garden” is organized by themes that include American artists’ visits to European gardens, the enthusiasm for gardening among women, the urban garden, the artist’s garden, and the garden in winter. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog include representations of gardens across the United States and Europe.

“These are iconic images of American Impressionist painting,” Slaby added.

The museum is selling advance tickets for admission to the exhibition in an exclusive ticket package that includes the exhibition catalog. Advance purchase will go live on the museum’s website one month prior to the exhibition’s opening, Sept. 3, 2015.  

“This is a perfect exhibition for Reynolda to host, and one that visitors across the Southeast are going to absolutely love,” says Allison Perkins, executive director of the museum and Wake Forest University’s associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “Katharine Reynolds subscribed to a number of influential periodicals that helped spread information about gardening, including Country Life in America and Garden magazine. Her creation of the Reynolda estate, alongside Philadelphians Charles Barton Keen and Thomas Sears, is a beautiful reflection of the American Garden Movement.” 

Reynolda House will open a complementary exhibition, “Reynolda at 100: Reynolda Gardens,” Sept. 5. The small exhibition on view in one of the museum’s historic house galleries will show the role the gardens played in Katharine Reynolds’s ambitious vision for a New South and how it continues its historic mission of education and public access today. Wake Forest University recently announced the re-unification of management of Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens by naming Perkins associate provost over both historic properties.

Guided tours of the museum and both exhibitions are offered at a discount admission rate for groups of eight or more scheduled in advance. The museum is taking reservations now for guided tours of the exhibition. Requests can be made online at reynoldahouse.org/grouptours.

A variety of programs planned during the exhibition season will focus on gardens and Impressionism. Highlights of the season’s programs are below.

“The Artist’s Garden” Opening Weekend
Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Reynolda After Hours: “The Artist’s Garden”
On Oct. 15 and Nov. 12 Reynolda House will remain open until 8 p.m. and offer after-hours programming. Admission after 4:30 p.m. on these days is $5, or free for Reynolda After Hours Passholders, members, students, and Wake Forest University employees. Learn more about the Reynolda After Hours pass at reynoldahouse.org/rah.

Gallery Talk & Tour “Reynolda at 100: Reynolda Gardens”
Thursday, October 22, noon. This talk is free with museum admission.

Workshop: Plein-Air Painting with Watercolors
Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $80 for museum members and students, $100 for non-members.  

Concert: Reynolda Impressions with the Triad Chamber Music Society
On Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m., the museum will present a concert featuring impressionistic compositions by composers Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach, and Aaron Copland. Tickets are $15 for museum members and students, $20 for non-members.

Talk: “Charles Barton Keen and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Philadelphia and Winston-Salem”
On Thursday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. Margaret Supplee Smith, architectural historian and professor emerita of art history at Wake Forest University, will give a talk on Reynolda’s architect, Charles Barton Keen. Admission is $5, and free for museum members, students, and Wake Forest University employees.

“The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887-1920” was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with leading support from the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc and the Richard C. von Hess Foundation. The Major Exhibition Sponsors are Bill and Laura Buck, and Christie’s. Additional support from Bowman Properties, Ltd., the Burpee Foundation, Edward and Wendy Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Washburn S. Oberwager, Pennsylvania Trust, Alan P. Slack, Martin Stogniew, in memory of Judy Stogniew, a lover of art and gardening, the Victory Foundation, Ken Woodcock, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. 

Reynolda House is grateful for the generous support of many sponsors in bringing this exhibition to North Carolina. They include Major Sponsors Wake Forest University and Patty & Malcolm Brown; Lead Sponsors Mona & Wallace Wu; Contributing Sponsors an anonymous donor and Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate; and Exhibition Partners Linda & Ed Kelly, Macy’s, and Judy & Bill Watson.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection.  Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events.  The museum is located at 2250 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @VisitReynolda.

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