Demonstrations or Lectures at ARA Boston 

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Elizabeth Ives Hunter

Friday, April 26th, 2019 1:30 to 4:30

Elizabeth Ives Hunter grew up as a studio brat, surrounded by artists, models, paint and canvas.  Her father, Theodore W. J. Valsam, was assistant to her god-father, R. H. Ives Gammell. She received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University with Joint Honors in Economics and Political Science. After college she married Robert Douglas Hunter, who had studied with Gammell. She began a banking career, first with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and then with State Street Bank, where she was in charge of Foreign Exchange and Eurodollar Operations.

In 1981 she became an advisor to the R. H. Ives Gammell Studios Trust and was drawn back into the art world, lecturing and writing in the field, and editing Gammell’s books BOSTON PAINTERS -1900 - 1930 and the second edition of TWILIGHT OF PAINTING.  In 1993 she curated and traveled with the exhibition THE HOUND OF HEAVEN – A PICTORIAL SEQUENCE which traveled to 11 museums in the United States, England and Scotland from 1993 through 1996.

In 2000 Mrs. Hunter became Guest Curator at the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA where she organized the exhibition TRANSCENDING VISION which traveled to museums in the United States and England for two years.  She wrote the book, TRANSCENDING VISION - R. H. IVES GAMMELL 1893-1981 jointly with Gerald R. Ackerman.

In 2003 Mrs. Hunter curated the Frederick Judd Waugh exhibition for the Cape Cod Museum of Art and was appointed Exhibitions Curator in July of that year.   In September she was appointed Executive Director of the museum and served in that position until 2012..  She has taught courses on Provincetown Painters 1883-1960 at the Academy for Life Long Learning and at the Weny Education Center at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Mrs. Hunter will also be bringing a couple books for sale. one is A Pictorial Sequence painted by R. H. Ives Gammell based on The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson.  It includes the poem, gray scale images of all 23 panels, an interesting essay by Gammell and, facing each panel, the line of the poem referenced in the image and notes on the literary and musical sources which suggested elements in the paintings. $5.00. The catalogue of the exhibition Transcending Vision - R. H. Ives Gammell 1893-1981.  Elizabeth wrote the first half which is biographical and Gerry Ackerman wrote the second half which is the art historian's view. $25 PLEASE BRING CASH OR A CHECK IF YOU PLAN TO PURCHASE

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