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VIRGINIA WOMEN IN HISTORY - QUEENA STOVALL

Event Type: Special Event
Date: 3/29/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description:
 Dubbed the "Grandma Moses of Virginia," Emma Serena Dillard "Queena" Stovall (December 20, 1888–June 27, 1980) painted nostalgic scenes of people and activities in rural Virginia. Her grandmother gave her the nickname "Queena" based on a child's attempt to pronounce Serena.

In 1949 Stovall enrolled in an art class at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, where her instructor, the celebrated painter Pierre Daura, encouraged her to drop the class and develop her own unique painting style.

Stovall's approximately fifty paintings document her life on a farm, as well as events that occurred among her neighbors, both black and white. She combined careful detail with bright colors to produce nostalgic scenes of ordinary life. She occasionally used figures cut out of magazines to solve compositional problems. Largely self-taught, she maintained an informal connection to Daura. Stovall continued to paint until her health began to fail late in the 1960s. She completed her last composition, Comp'ny Comin', in 1967.

A short film Life's Narrow Space, a feature produced in 1980 will be shown and a discussion of her work will follow.

Library: Duncan Branch Library
Location: Meeting Room