Gibson Girl exhibit
in honor of
Women's History Month
by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Conner and family, from the estate of Elnora Hardee, mother of Mellena Conner
Press Release For Immediate Release
BROWNSVILLE, March 2010--The Brownsville Historical Association cordially invites you discover how Charles Dana Gibson defined an entire generation with his pen and ink drawings of "It Girls" in the Gibson Girl exhibit at Stillman House, which runs from Thursday, March 11, 2010 to May 1, 2010. The exhibit is held in honor of Women's History Month in March.
The opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Thursday, March 11 at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition is supported in part through the City of Brownsville.
The exhibit is drawn from a book of pen-and-ink drawings donated to the Brownsville Historical Association by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Conner and family, from the estate of Elnora Hardee, mother of Mellena Conner.
Charles Dana Gibson was an American graphic artist that personified the feminine ideal in his iconic Gibson Girl portraits at the turn of the 20th century. Using only pen and ink, Gibson was able to capture beauty in his art. The epitome of femininity is said to be modeled after his wife, Irene Langhorne, and is uniquely displayed in scenes of everyday life according to Gibson. His work was featured in magazines such as Life, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly.
The exhibit is included with BHA general admission to the Brownsville Heritage Complex, which includes admission to the Stillman House Museum and to the Brownsville Heritage Museum. Admission is free for members of he Brownsville Historical Association.
Along with the exhibition, BHA carries Gibson Girl drinking glasses in La Tienda Heritage Museum Gift Shop. BHA members receive a discount on the purchase of these and other items and books.
For more information on BHA programs and exhibits, please call 956-541-5560 or visit Brownsville Historical Association on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at bhaevents.
The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington Street and is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association.
About Brownsville Historical Association
The Brownsville Historical Association manages the Brownsville Heritage Complex which consists of: Stillman House, Brownsville Heritage Museum, Aiken Education Center, and Preservation Resource Center. The BHA also manages the Old City Cemetery Center, Market Square Research Center and Southmost Heritage Center. The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington, Brownsville, Texas 78520. The mission of the BHA is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections.
Brownsville Historical Association
Program Coordinator-Stillman House and Southmost Heritage Center