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Mary Caples Morrison (1907-1995) Harrisonburg Artist

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The exhibit at The Heritage Museum entitled Mary Caples Morrison (1907-1995) Harrisonburg Artist brings together over ninety works of sculpture, painting, and drawing made by the artist during the more than forty years that she lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This retrospective of an artist trained as a sculptor and self-taught as a painter shows the influence of the sculptor in the forms painted with bold colors and heavy pigment.

Always a representational artist, her work captures the Valley life in its landscapes, its structures, its people, and its culture, particularly the culture of the Old Order Mennonites, a favorite subject.

Morrison was one of the first artists in the small Valley town early in theCentury. She contributed to the artistic life of her community with her own work as well as her fostering of new artists.