WAYNE — Jann Gilmore, author, curator and artist, will give an illustrated talk on her latest book “Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony” at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at the Williams House, 14 Old Winthrop Road.

The free talk, presented by The Cary Memorial Library, will be followed by a reception featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Olive Rush (1873 to 1966) was born into an Indiana Quaker family. Her deeply-held spiritual beliefs shaped her lifestyle, social reform advocacy, and artistic output throughout her lifetime. In 1920, Rush moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work included illustration (she studied with Howard Pyle), batik, wall decorations and mural painting (often in true fresco), and easel painting. Her art evolved from realism to her later years as an avowed modernist.

Although Gilmore is locally known for her watercolors of Wayne, her focus on art has always been intellectual, as well as creative. She has a Master’s degree in art history and a doctorate in American architectural history. She worked as an architectural historian for the Department of the Interior, and ran the museums program for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, call 685-3612.


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