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Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Melrose Plantation
Join us for a virtual road trip across the United States to explore unique and wholly original historic artist homes and studios. Traveling from Idaho to New York, we'll discover the environments, architecture, and private landscapes of six different artists, as well as the spaces that supported their art-making practices. This six-part, monthly series ventures deep into the museums and preserved spaces that nurtured the creation of thousands of American artworks. Fueled by the James Castle House and the Historic Artists' Homes & Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Traveling from Deventer, Colorado to Natchitoches Parish,, Louisiana, the fourth stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we'll encounter the self-taught African American folk artist Clementine Hunter. Adventuring along the Cane River and into the African House where Hunter's murals depict the story of everyday life on the plantation and the nearby small cabin space where Hunter lived and painted for many years, we'll go inside the site today, revealing Hunter's incredible legacy through cooking, object-making, and painting.

Historic Melrose Plantation preserves and shares the founding legacy of the Cane River Creoles, free people of color in Antebellum, Louisiana, whose descendants still live along the Cane River today. Rich in historical and artistic traditions, this site also explores the wonders of the early 20th-century Melrose artists' retreat founded by Cammie Henry and showcases the life and work of Clementine Hunter (1887-1988).


The James Castle House encourages persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact the James Castle House at jamescastlehouse@cityofboise.org, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the event. To request assistance, you may also dial TTY 1-800-377-3529.

Jun 16, 2021 01:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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