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George Caleb Bingham’s “Stump Speaking” depicts early frontier life.
ALTON — Regional Art Works will present the Mississippi Lime Prints Exhibit and Fundraiser Friday, Dec. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 6. at The Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd.
The exhibit will feature the Mississippi Lime Prints. These high-quality lithographs were given to customers as Christmas gifts dating back as far as 1936. Most of the prints are reproduced Currier and Ives images of the paddlewheel boat era and the Old South. Two of the prints, “The Belle of Alton” and “The Martha Jewitt,” are sheet music covers. The 1976 print is a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence in celebration of the bicentennial. There is also a portrait of George Washington. The three most popular prints are George Caleb Bingham’s “Stump Speaking,” (1853-54), “County Election” (1852) and “Raftsmen Playing Cards”
(1847). Bingham (1811-1879) is known for his depictions of early frontier life in the luminous style. The original paintings are exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum.
There are approximately 34 Mississippi Lime Prints available today from the cache that was stored in the basement of the building on Alby Street. The most unusual image is of the company owner’s pair of wire-haired terriers in profile.
These prints will be on sale unframed and in a variety of frames and styles. Orders for custom framing of the prints will be available.
Part of the proceeds will benefit Regional Art Works, a co-sponsor of the children’s art contest at the annual Grafton Art Fair. Regional Art Works personnel will be on hand to accept donations, sign up sponsors and enroll members.
The exhibit is free to attend 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Regional Art Works is a nonprofit organization with the mission to enrich lives through access to art.