Friday, September 13, 2013

September 2013: Across Three Centuries - Art from the Edwin T. and Diana D. Hardison Collection

Contact: Lori Meads, Educator
Release Date:  Immediate
End Date:  Sept. 27, 2013
(252) 335-1453

Across Three Centuries:  Art from the Edwin T. and Diana D. Hardison Collection

The Museum of the Albemarle announces the opening of its newest exhibit, Across Three Centuries: Art from the Edwin T. and Diana D. Hardison Collection, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.   Featuring 36 examples of fine art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the exhibit encompasses works of all types from Britain, Europe, and America--portraits, landscapes, maritime views, scenes of everyday life, animal images, and sculpture.
Included are paintings by the American master Gilbert Stuart, the Scottish Enlightenment portraitist Sir Henry Raeburn, the French Belle Époque artist Theobald Chartran, British illustrators Thomas Stothard and Hablot Knight Browne (who between them brought life to literature classics from Defoe to Dickens), the "forgotten Impressionist" Pierre Prins, and the marine artist Thomas Lyde Hornbrook, a favorite of Queen Victoria. The work of many other notable artists is also on display.
The Museum will host a Gallery Talk related to the exhibit on Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.  Owners of the pieces on loan, Drs. Edwin T. and Diana Dixon Hardison, will be on hand for commentary.  Long-time supporters of the Museum, the couple are retired college professors and administrators from Virginia with local connections. Take advantage of this and other scheduled programs that complement the exhibit, which will be on view through May 2014.
For More Information Call 252-335-1453

About the Museum of the Albemarle
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit

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