Thursday, March 24, 2016

In the Painter's Shoes (Paul Hadley Paintings), Part Four

As a member of the Mooresville Nature Club, Paul Hadley created original artwork for the group's printed program covers.  These small watercolors were called medallions and are some of the rarest of Hadley's work.  We have several on display at the library, thanks to our anonymous patron.  Click the images below to enlarge them.

Mooresville Nature Club "Medallions"
(for covers of the group's printed programs)
by Paul Hadley

Here is a brief history (written for the 60th anniversary, 1983) of the Mooresville Nature Club by Myrtle Keller, longtime member, as well as a librarian at Mooresville Public Library during the 1960s and 1970s.  The club was established in 1923 under the leadership of Alma Worrell Miles.  There were initially 26 founding members.

Myrtle Keller (at steering wheel) going to the Old Settlers Picnic (1919)

Bonita Marley and Myrtle Keller (right)
May 7, 1967

We have a few items in the library's Indiana Room vertical files about this organization.

 Mooresville Nature Club celebrates its 25th anniversary
(October 1948)
(from the MPL Indiana Room vertical files)

 Mooresville Nature Club 50th Anniversary program cover (1973)

  Mooresville Nature Club 50th Anniversary program (1973)

Newspaper clipping about the Mooresville Nature Club
(Mooresville Times, May 5, 1977)

Our next installment will consider another Hadley watercolor and the probable location of its setting.

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