Hazel Jackson Exhibit & Donation

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2-4 pm.

The Art of Hazel Brill Jackson and her Contemporaries, Cecil K. Jennings and May Palmer Hawkins. That was the title of a special pop-up exhibition held for one day only – Sunday, April 2 – opening day for the Crawford House 2017 season.

In observation of Women’s History Month, the small temporary exhibit celebrated the sculptural work of a colorful local artist, Hazel Brill Jackson (1895-1991), along with a few paintings by two of her mid-century contemporaries, Cecil K. Jennings and May Palmer Hawkins. Jackson was an accomplished bronze sculptor whose naturalistic representations of animals were particularly admired. Several of her pieces were put on display at Crawford House for just one day, loaned by James Polhemus, who was a friend of the sculptor and ultimately inherited her home, studio and collection.

Portrait of Eva Purdy by Helen Brill Jackson

Portrait of Eva Purdy by Helen Brill Jackson

The immediate occasion for the Jackson exhibit was the official unveiling of  Hazel Jackson’s sculpted head of Eva Purdy (a local legend in her own right), donated by the Gould family. Two of the three Gould brothers,  whose parents knew the subject and owned this sculpture, presented the piece as a permanent gift to the Newburgh Historical Society.

Bill & Paul Gould unveil Hazel Jacksons bust of Eva Purdy, April 2, 2017

Bill and Paul Gould unveil Hazel Jacksons bust of Eva Purdy, April 2, 2017