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Works of Edna Hibel on display in J. Houston Gordon Museum in Paul Meek Library


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MARTIN, Tenn. -- The works of Edna Hibel will be on display Monday, April 21, through Aug. 31 in the J. Houston Gordon Museum located in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Paul Meek Library.

Hibel has been influenced by many of the great artists including Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt. She appreciates the early Renaissance artists (before oil painting) like Giotto’s frescoes. She’s also been influenced by Piero della Francesca and Leonardo DaVinci.

When it comes to media, Hibel enjoys working with oils, watercolors and lithographs. She’s enjoyed going to Zurich, Switzerland, two to three times each year for many years to create lithographs, utilizing large, smooth blocks of stone. Stone lithography is an old art form, in which the artist draws each separate color on a different stone, then makes the stones match up perfectly. The stones are then used to generate the final image on acid-free rag or japon papers. Hibel created the image directly on the stone, often changing colors throughout the process as the lithograph is being produced, causing the image to be produced in very limited edition lithographs.

The late Dr. Terry and Mary Ruth Cruthirds, formerly of Martin, presented a large portion of their framed Hibel lithographs to the university in a series of gifts. Two of the lithographs displayed are the “David Suite” depicting the life of the biblical figure King David, and “The International Year of the Child Suite”.

Several other Hibel lithographs are on display at the J. Houston Gordon Museum, the gallery is adjacent to the Corbitt Special Collections reading area, to the left of the library circulation desk.
Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and by special arrangement.



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