The Museum of Wayne County, 21 Butternut St., Lyons, recently announced that its first exhibit of 2017 will be “Ann Collins Westerns” starting Feb. 9.
Collins, of Lyons, made her fame on the racetracks of America painting the leading racehorses from the 1940s through the 1980s. Few knew that she painted one western painting a year throughout her career as a nod to her childhood years growing up in Colorado.
“Growing up, my earliest memories were the smell of turpentine and oil paint,” said Larry Ann Evans, Collins’ daughter. “I remember her telling me to put ‘the finishing touch’ on the canvas, and she would give me the paint brush and show me where to paint.”
Evans has been wanting to donate one of her mother’s western paintings to the museum.
“My mind was made up for me when a local church which is closing, Grace Episcopal, gave me back a painting that my mother had gifted to them,” Evans said. “I thought, how perfect, a beautiful western for the museum.”
Evans will speak at the exhibit’s preview party at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the museum.
For information, call 315-946-4943 or visit waynehistory.org.