Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Late artist's visions and dreams on display at Ole Miss museum

For the next four to six weeks, patrons of the Kate Skipwith Teaching Museum at the University of Mississippi will be privy to the paintings and writings of one of Ole Miss' own, the late Theora Hamblett.

Hamblett, who grew up in a small town called Paris near Oxford, didn't receive any formal training in painting and artistry until she was in her mid-50s in 1955.

Born and raised on her father’s farm in Lafayette County, Miss Hamblett attended a small school in Paris only a mile from home. A teacher following high school, she dropped that vocation to care for her mother who was ill. The year 1939 found her renting rooms to University of Mississippi students in Oxford.

In 1950, the Art Department at Ole Miss began offering adult night classes in painting, and Miss Hamblett realized a long held dream, to paint the vivid colors she had grown to love over the years. She looked on painting as a way to record her religious visions and "the joys and sorrows of a vanished way of life."

Upon her death in 1977, she left her artwork to the University of Mississippi museums.

Other information from:
The Ogden Museum

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