Burritt on the Mountain is excited to once again showcase the life and work of Huntsville artist Maria Howard Weeden at the Burritt Mansion. Many of Miss Weeden`s stunning watercolor portraits will be on display, along with additional watercolor and oil paintings, pencil sketches, illuminated poems, her four published books and copies of her poems in the historic regional black dialect. Burritt is proud to hold the largest publicly owned collection of her paintings.
This exhibit is a favorite of Burritt`s Curator Stephanie Timberlake. "She was such a talented artist, with pencil, brush and the written word, that it is hard to believe she produced so many pieces during her short life," Timberlake states. "Whenever I see her work, especially the portraits of the freed slaves, I feel as if the spirit of that person is right here; you feel like you come away knowing the person in the painting, she was that good at capturing their personality."
There is much historical importance in this exhibit, particularly in the portraiture of the freed slaves. "After the Civil War, so much was changing and [Weeden] was attempting to document a time and culture that would soon disappear. Other artists were portraying the former slaves in a more caricature style and Weeden gave them life," Timberlake remarks.
Please join us at Burritt on the Mountain for this incredible exhibit, opening on September 30, 2016 and running through September 5, 2017. Admission to the mansion is included in the regular admission prices, ranging from $8 - $10. There is no admission charged for toddlers age 2 and under or for Burritt Museum members.