Join us in exploring the prints of a man committed to responsible living and environmental stewardship.
LOUISVILLE, KY (September 25, 2018) –Louisville Grows: Healthy House Fall Art Opening on Friday, October 5, 2018, presents selected woodcuts by artist and writer Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988) from the collection of Bill and Flo Caddell.
Healthy House, located at 1641 Portland Avenue, will welcome the public from 5:30 – 8:00pm to the opening of “That Wild Life: Woodcuts of Harlan Hubbard.” All of the pieces, many originals, will be available for purchase. The exhibit is part of Republic Bank’s First Friday Hop.
“I am so excited to be bringing this vital part of Harlan Hubbard’s legacy to Louisville Grows. The Healthy House Gallery and the mission of Louisville Grows would surely have been admired and supported by Hubbard, so they are the perfect host for this kind of exhibit. The woodcuts in the show are excellent examples of Hubbard’s versatility as a craftsman, and depict some of the places and subjects that were nearest and dearest to his heart and philosophy,” says Jessica Whitehead, exhibit curator.
“Beyond the joy of presenting such thoughtful works of art, just the act of viewing his Ohio River landscapes in the Portland neighborhood feels like a homecoming. The bustling river culture that once existed where the gallery stands represented a piece of the larger “river way of life” that Hubbard admired and, eventually, adopted for himself. The 20th century decline of such communities makes organizations like Louisville Grows that much more important to the present life of the city, and makes Hubbard’s ideas, art, and life especially relevant. I hope that visitors will see how Hubbard’s philosophy, as expressed in his art, can promote the individual and communal well being we all so desperately need,” says Whitehead.
Harlan and his wife, Anna Hubbard, set sail in 1944 from Brent, KY in their handmade shanty boat traveling downriver while living simplistically off the land until ending their journey 5 years later at Bayou Delcambre in the Louisiana Cajun country. In 1952, the Hubbards returned to Kentucky to build their home in Payne Hollow overlooking the Ohio River. Harlan dedicated time to his paintings and woodcuts throughout his life. Author Wendell Berry, a close friend of the Hubbards’, wrote a biography of his friend’s life, Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work.
Louisville Grows’ mission is to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Healthy House programming focuses on environmental education, healthy living, healthy eating and social justice.
Address: 1641 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40203
Contact: Ked Stanfield
Phone Number: 502.741.7139