Miss Julia Munroe Woodward was honored in high fashion Friday night at the opening of Masterworks on the Move: American Paintings from Wesleyan College.
Miss Julia, as she was fondly known, was an alumnus and benefactor of Wesleyan College.
Dawn McMillan, in-house historian at the Arts Center, said in fact that Quincy and Gadsden County have had a connection with Wesleyan for over 150 years.
A large crowd was on hand to see the exhibition as well as celebrate the memory of Miss Julia, who died December 9, 2013 at the age of 98.
At 6:30 a presentation by Lisa Sloben, director of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Wesleyan, talked about three of the displayed paintings, including one by painter and collector Helena Eastman Ogden Campbell entitled “Roses.” The other two were “Peggy” by Emma Fordyce Macrea and “Bowl of Zinnias” by Jane Peterson.
In all, the exhibition featured 35 paintings by Helena Eastman Ogden Campbell (1879-1964) and by friends in her artistic milieu. Sloben said the collection offers a window into the styles and techniques taught at some of the most prestigious studios of New York City at the turn of the century.
The exhibition will remain on view through May 17.
Program presenter Lisa Sloben
An exhibition of Havana artist Chris Nolan’s abstract paintings also opened Friday night as did works by the 58-member Gadsden Arts Center Artists Guild, art students from West Gadsden High School, and the Quincy-Los Angeles Artists in Residence Program.
Many of those in attendance were Wesleyan graduates from the Quincy area. One was Shari Arrington from Havana, who helped sponsor the show.
“Miss Julia recruited me to go to Wesleyan,” said Arrington. “She hosted a party and I was in that group.” She said Rosalynn Fletcher Finn was also in that group of high school seniors. “We are known as ‘Miss Julia’s Girls’ and there are probably a 100 of us in the area,” she said.
Arrington said Miss Julia would select graduating seniors for their attributes and encourage them to attend Wesleyan.
Many Woodward family members were also present for the exhibition along with friends, acquaintances and art enthusiasts.