Grace Martin Taylor

PRESS RELEASE

The Art Store is proud to present Grace Martin Taylor, a collection of some of Taylor's finest works, some of which have never been exhibited in West Virginia. The exhibit brings masterworks of Grace Martin Taylor, a celebrated West Virginia painter and printmaker, to Charleston for a solo exhibition of prints, paintings, and other works on paper recently housed by Acme Fine Arts in Boston. Lauded as one of the most significant West Virginia artists of the 20th century, Taylor's legacy not only includes an abundance of pioneering artworks, but also reflects her successful trailblazing for other women in the arts.


For Immediate Release:  January 28, 2013                             
Contact: Adrian Blackstock 304-345-1038

GRACE MARTIN TAYLOR: A NEW EXHIBIT at THE ART STORE

Opening Reception: February 7, 2013, 5pm-7pm with a talk by Bob Bridges, 5:30pm.

(Charleston, WV…) The Art Store is proud to present Grace Martin Taylor, a collection of some of Taylor’s finest works, some of which have never been exhibited in West Virginia. The exhibition opens on February 7, 2013 with a reception from 5PM-7PM, featuring a brief lecture by Bob Bridges at 5:30PM. Bridges is an Assistant Professor of Art at West Virginia University and Curator of the West Virginia University Art Collection. He has written extensively about Blanch Lazzell and has recently completed a book on Grace Martin Taylor due for publication later this year. The exhibit brings masterworks of Grace Martin Taylor, a celebrated West Virginia painter and printmaker, to Charleston for a solo exhibition of prints, paintings, and other works on paper recently housed by Acme Fine Arts in Boston.  Lauded as one of the most significant West Virginia artists of the 20th century, Taylor’s legacy not only includes an abundance of pioneering artworks, but also reflects her successful trailblazing for other women in the arts.

Taylor created and taught art both passionately and consistently throughout her career. After attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and receiving a degree in journalism from West Virginia University in 1929, Taylor served as head of the Art Department at Mason College of Music & Fine Art, and later, as professor at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia. Additionally, she spent several years conducting a series of lectures and summer painting workshops. During her extensive career as an artist and arts educator, Taylor regularly studied with influential artists and attended numerous workshops at such prestigious institutions as the Art Students League in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art in Provincetown, Rhode Island.  Perhaps one of her greatest influences was her cousin and fellow artist, Blanche Lazzell, a well-known and important figure in early 20th century American Art. Lazzell first encouraged Taylor to work with the “white-line color woodblock” technique that would feature in many of Taylor’s most highly regarded works, including a 1933 woodcut, Studio Window, which was nominated by the Printmaker’s Society of California as one of the  “Fifty Best Prints of the Year.”

Although her passion for the arts took her across the United States and Europe, Taylor largely spent her career living and working in West Virginia.  Taylor helped found the Allied Artists of West Virginia in 1931, established the Creative Arts Festival of West Virginia, and sat on various state educational and historical committees. Taylor has been recognized locally and internationally for her contribution to the Arts through various exhibitions and awards. Her work is found in numerous private and public collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Art Store is located in the Bridge Road Shops area of Charleston on 1013 Bridge Road. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5:30; Saturday 10– 5. For further information please call 345-1038 or visit the Grace Martin Taylor exhibition online at www.theartstorewv.com.

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Grace Martin Taylor

Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2013