Hester Donnelly Prints
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- Donnelly, Hester Claire, 1912-1992 (Artist, Person)
Biographical / Historical
Donnelly studied art under artists Elisabeth Chant and Irene Price in the 1930s, and continued her studies through correspondence courses at The Washington School of Art. She spent four years at the Corcoran Art School and the National Art School in Washington, DC, before attending the Art Students' League in New York.
Upon her return to Wilmington, Donnelly became involved in the local art community and was a founding member of the Wilmington Art Association. In 1958, she and Virginia McQueen founded the first year-round art space in Wilmington, known as the Artists' Gallery on Post Office Avenue. The gallery eventually evolved into the opening of St. John's Museum of Art in 1962, where Donnelly regularly taught art classes. She also served as an art instructor at Southport High School, Topsail High School, and at Cape Fear Technical Institute (now known as Cape Fear Community College). Additionally, for many years, she was responsible for the Azalea Festival sidewalk art show which was held first on Cottage Lane and later on Orange Street.
Hester Donnelly is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
1.4 Linear Feet (Contains 1 oversize box.)
- Hester Donnelly Prints
- Olivia Fario
- 2021 March 17
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