The Kate Freeman Clark Art Galley holds the 1,200 art piece collection of paintings and drawings by Kate Freeman Clark, a native of Holly Springs. She studied under Impressionist master William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York and at his Shinnecock Hills summer studio in the late 1890s, She became an accomplished painter, especially of plien air landscapes. She left New York in 1923 after the deaths of Chase, her grandmother and mother in succession. She returned to the ancestral home in Holly Springs but was unable to restart her painting career. She never finished another painting.
At her death in 1957, executors were surprised to find that she had left all her paintings, her home and funds to build an art museum to house all of her paintings and artifacts. The Kate Freeman Art Gallery was established in 1963.
For 50 years the Gallery was open only by appointment. However, starting in January 2014, the Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Today the Gallery hosts visiting artists four times a year. The Gallery has become a popular social venue fulfilling her wish that the museum be a place of “fine and social arts.”
You may learn more about Kate Freeman Clark by visiting our website: www.katefreemanclark.org and visit us on Facebook.
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