In New York, the artist took classes at New York University, studied with Lee Hockberg for 14 years, and exhibited her work with other Hudson Valley artists. She painted there for 20 years. After her husband’s death, she decided to move back to Morristown. According to her son Hugh, “she wished to celebrate the natural beauty of the East Tennessee hill country.”
Members of the Rose Service Guild will host an opening reception Friday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A retrospective exhibit of local artist Clemmie Sawyer Wishart (1923-2010) will be on display at Rose Center in Morristown during the month of May. The exhibit will show the variety of styles and influences evident in Mrs. Wishart’s work, from the French Impressionists to Georgia O’Keefe.
Wishart was born in Sawyer Hollow near Morristown and attended high school in Newport. In 1942 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio and soon married pilot UB Wishart, whom she had met in Morristown.
Wishart’s son Hugh, of Albuquerque, and daughter, Kay, of Chicago, will be in Morristown for the reception. The exhibit will hang through May 30 in the Edith Davis Gallery.
Rose Center features two different rotating exhibits per month. Hours are Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Rose Center is located at 442 W Second North Street. More information about exhibits, classes, concerts and rentals is available at 423-581-4330, www.rosecenter.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.