Clarissa Starnes, the organizer of the twice-monthly Coffee in the Coe, says that her inspiration was the European coffee houses of the early 1900’s where people sat for hours discussing a broad range of ideas, including art. She thought, “When do people now get together to discuss art? And how can HMA facilitate doing this in a safe no-right-or-wrong environment?” Coffee in the Coe is structured as an answer to those questions.
At HMA's Annual Meeting on June 22, 2017, Walter Griffin's 1911 Autumn Poplars, Boigneville (pictured) was one of three paintings displayed to illustrate how the threads of connections from Paul Whitener still move through HMA's collection, reaching though Paul's own 1959 Autumn Leaves to the (more)
At their monthly meeting in May 2017, the Acquisitions Committee was excited to accept the gift of George Pearse Ennis' undated watercolor Harbor Carpenters from Barry Huffman. The gift celebrates the appointment of Jon Carfagno as the fifth Director of the Hickory Museum of Art. (more here about Ennis)
Most recently, former Board member and current Honorary Trustee Josephine Hambrick donated to HMA the lovely portrait that Paul Whitener painted of her as a young girl in 1938, and the Acquisitions Committee was delighted to accept this gift. Paul of course was the Museum's founder, and (more)