After a life-saving preservation process and major restoration to their home, the Clementine Hunter African House murals are returning to Melrose. To celebrate, we've arranged for an exquisite homecoming gala on April 9th, 2016. Attendees will be treated to an evening of entertainment, food, cocktails, historical tours and a grand ribbon cutting ceremony with special guest Robert Wilson. In 2013 Wilson, an acclaimed director and theater artist, created the opera Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter, inspired by his love of her art. In a New York Times article Wilson reflected on his initial meeting with Hunter:
"She was the first artist I ever met in my life. When I was 12 years old, I went to Natchitoches, La.; it was summer vacation with my family. We visited a plantation, Melrose. And I met an Afro-American woman who was a painter. I already had some idea of what I wanted to do in life, and one of the things that interested me was painting."
After a successful staging of Zinnias, Wilson later went on to recreate a scaled version of the African House at the Watermill Center in New York in order to further showcase the art and legacy of Clementine Hunter.
The homecoming gala is a rare chance to welcome Clementine's most prolific work back to its original home while celebrating the rich history of art at Melrose. For tickets CLICK HERE. All proceeds go toward the African House & Clementine Hunter House restorations at Melrose.