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posted Dec 18, 2017, 7:20 PM by Pickens Hall   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 1:32 PM ]
Whether you are stopping in for some shopping at the store, or coming to an event, you should take a few minutes to browse our latest museum exhibit 

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The Paintings of Imogene Jenkins McAdoo
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This collection of paintings is from the artist Imogene Jenkins McAdoo. Imogene was born in 1879 and died in 1913 at age 34. At the time of her death, she left two children, Veda age 5, Lorne age 8 and her husband Van. She appears to have been a prolific painter and this is a collection of the paintings that her grandchildren have been able to pull together. Some of the paintings were displayed in homes of grandchildren. But some were found in attics, closets, dresser drawers and in the loft of a barn. There was significant damage or deterioration to many of the paintings.

Some of the paintings were professionally restored at an art restoration studio. This collection represents the restored paintings and the paintings that have not been restored. All the paintings are over 100 years old. Imogene did not sign or date the paintings, but we are certain they were painted by her based upon what we heard from Veda and Lorne, and also that the paintings were in the full possession of the family for the total time since they were painted.

We know little about Imogene. Her children were not able to tell us much as she died when her children were quite young. Her husband, Van did not talk much about her to his children. She was born and grew up in DeKalb, New York, in St. Lawrence County. She was a second generation Jenkins in the United States. Her father, Thomas Jenkins and her grandfather immigrated to the United States from County Atrium, Ireland. They were of Irish/Scotch descent. Her father Thomas Jenkins was a cattle buyer and trader. Her husband, Van was a dairy farmer.

Her father recognized she had a talent and signed her up for painting lessons. Are these all her paintings? We do not know, some may have been sold in an estate auction of son and daughter in law, we just do not know.

And don't miss your chance to see our last Exhibit on Historical Lighting - Still up for a limited time!