More Hickory: Romance of the Garden Tour

What an amazing tour of 5 magnificent Hickory gardens. Join me on the tour..

An English Cottage Garden

The Garden on 6th.

And every gardener’s dream…. a greenhouse..

11th Avenue

Another work of beauty with a pleasant greeting upon arrival..

What a spot for breakfast!

More places to relax..

Jones Garden

Chairs for one or Chairs for two..

Saint Francis who loved his gardens

Next: The Finale- Garden plus house tour

The Studio

Warhol created many movies. In this exhibit the “Factory,” where he created these movies was reconstructed.

The Silver Factory had 3 different Manhattan locations during it’s lifetime. Here is a listing of some of the celebrities who visited.

Liza Minnelli

David Bowie

Grace Jones

Truman Capote

Betsy Johnson

Madonna

Lou Reed

Keith Richards

Warhol’s Factory provided an oasis for the free thinking of the World.

What a treasure he was.

Warhol: The Exhibit

The last 10 years of Andy Warhol’s life was his most proliferative creating greater than half of his works during this time. These works depict cultural events, celebrities, cowboys, and Native Americans. The works are known as his Myths Collection.

Let’s check out a few:

Superman

Superman was AW’s idol from 8 years of age. The tale of Clark Kent intrigued the young boy plagued with the debilitating St. Vitus’ Dance.

Santa Claus

An enormous fan of Christmas, his Santa Claus portrayal. In his early days as a NYC commercial artist he was often involved in Christmas decorating.

Mammy

Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress to win an Academy Award. She won for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind in 1940. She was unable to accept the award as the ceremony was held in a white only theater.

“Beyond Travesty,” author comment…

Uncle Sam

Theodore Roosevelt

The Napkin

Warhol was a generous to those who requested his autograph. Often he added doodles on whatever was available. Many times it was a napkin. Here is one of his gifts.

Next: The Studio

Last Leg of the Hickory Museum Tour: The Andy Warhol Exhibit

What a surprise to find such an extraordinary exhibit of Warhol in Hickory, North Carolina!

Let’s start with Andy in review..

1928 – born to Slovakian immigrants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1936 – contracts a neurologic disease characterized by involuntary movements which keeps him home from school. During this period AW develops an affinity for comics, Hollywood, and paper cut outs.

1930-1940 attends free art classes at the Carnegie Institute

1941 falls in love with Picasso after an art show at Carnegie

1945-1949 studies at Carnegie becoming a commercial artist

1960 begins to work in Pop Art

1962 Campbell Soup Cans begin..

1968 shot by an actor from one of his films, leaves him scarred emotionally, and physically for life

1970 Studio 54 regular, continues working in art and film

1981 Myth Series, AW’s most proliferative period and the basis of the Hickory exhibit

1987 death from complications of gall bladder surgery

The Shadow, self portrait of a genius and giant of the modern art world