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"THE SONGS OF MAYBELLE STAMPER"
2000-12-01 until 2001-01-28
Gulf Coast Museum of Art
Largo, FL, USA United States of America

Organized by the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina, The Songs of Maybelle Stamper exhibition includes approximately 80 framed chromo-lithographs, hand-colored stone lithographs, watercolors and drawings from Stamper's estate.

Stamper's prints and drawings are filled with introspective images, and sometimes annotated with diary-like inscriptions. Stamper referred to her artwork as her songs. In 1947, Stamper, an accomplished artist and teacher, gave up academics to purse the personal and artistic journey that would occupy the rest of her life. Stamper moved permanently to then little known Captiva Island, off the Southwest Florida coast. Living a frugal and hermit-like existence, Stamper continued to work through the '70s and '80s. She wished to be left alone with her songs, and said that no public exhibition of her work could take place until after her death. Maybelle Stamper died in 1995.


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