County, Ky., Library to hold Hubbard event in March
March in Boone County will be an ideal time and location
for Harlan and Anna Hubbard fans to experience the couples lifestyle
The Boone County Public Library is planning an exhibit called An
Artful Way of Life: Kentuckys Own Harlan and Anna Hubbard.
The exhibition will kick off on Saturday, March 1, with a special symposium
and will run through the month.
by Harlan Hubbard, like his
Shantyboat will be on display at
the BooneCounty Public Library.
Saturdays symposium will consist of several speakers
and video documentary screenings. The exhibit itself will showcase different
examples of Harlans artwork, including oil paintings, watercolors
This event is co-sponsored by Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington,
Ky. It is donating some paintings to the exhibit. Other works will come
from the collection of Bill Caddell, who was a close friend of the Hubbards
and now lives in Frankfort, Ind.
Representatives from the Baker Hunt Foundation and the Behringer-Crawford
Museum are scheduled to participate in the library, although Adult Program
Coordinator Collin Taylor invites other groups who have connections or
interests in the Hubbards to attend to pass out information on their work.
The public library has rotating events. This past winter, the theme was
arts and crafts. For the spring, the theme is nature, so a Harlan Hubbard
exhibit transitions perfectly between the two themes, Taylor said.
Laurie Risch, executive director of the Behringer-Crawford Museum, is
helping with the event. In 1986, Harlan Hubbard donated some of his artwork
to the museum. Since then, the organization has worked to build their
collection, Risch said. I believe were the largest public
holder of Harlans works, she said.
The museum used to have a gallery reserved solely for Hubbards art,
but now his paintings are incorporated throughout the museum.
Both Risch and Taylor said they were confident about the outcome of the
symposium and exhibition at the library. It should be a resounding
success, Risch said. Harlan has a following.
Taylor first became interested in the Hubbards after reading Wendell Berry,
who wrote a biography called Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work.
Its possible to live a civilized and elegant lifestyle without
conveniences, Taylor said.
Although both Harlan and Anna are deceased, many enthusiasts remain intrigued
with the couples ideas, lives and works. People often draw connections
between Harlan and transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, who retreated
for about two years to Walden Pond, Risch said.
In todays hustle and bustle, why cant we turn the clock
back? she asked. Hopefully, the symposium and exhibition at
the library will inspire both dreams and a greater understanding of the
Hubbards lives, Risch said.
Thats what history is understanding the past and taking
it for the present and future, she said.
For more information about the symposium and exhibition
at Boone County Public Library, contact Collin Taylor at (859) 292-3393
or (859) 689-0435.
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