Strange Arts & Visual Delights
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A few years ago, through Ancestry.com DNA testing, I was introduced to the art of my great aunt, Cynthia Reeves Snow, an accomplished artist who generally signed her works Cynthia Reeves. She was the half-sister of my illegitimate grandfather, Elbert. Long after Elbert's death, I learned that his father had married a few years after fathering Elbert, and that Elbert's relationship to his father was recognized by his father's legitimate children and he was sometimes invited to family events.
Through Ancestry, I became acquainted on-line with Cynthia's daughter-in-law, who with her husband had inherited many of Cynthia's paintings. She wanted them to be seen, not locked away in a museum's vaults (the University of Connecticut where Cynthia taught for many years was willing to give the paintings a home), so she offered me as many as I liked. I gave many to my siblings and I hope, post-COVID, to give some to cousins. I will be keeping several of them, but I have not yet had them framed--a project I hope to begin this year.
As part of my promise to make the paintings available, I have already posted a few on Facebook; they are featured on this website, too, and I hope to use at least one as the cover of a future book.
Beginning at the left top, these paintings are: Autumn Full Cycle (1971); Bright Day, Swamp Maple Pattern (1960s); October Landscape (mid-1960s); Spring Song (1995); Rhythmic (mid-1960s); and My Home Was in the Hills - New River Valley (1991).
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