The Beverly Hackett Commemorative April 1st from 7-10 PM
Nationally renowned local artist and mycological expert Beverly Hackett passed away December 26, 2010 at the age of 93. Her friends and fans are throwing a Celebration in honor of Beverly's life, artistry, and our local art community. All are invited.
Beverly and her husband Richard "Dick" Hackett, also a well known artist and actor, were instrumental in developing the early Nevada County art's community, the precursor of today's vibrant local art scene.
Beverly and Dick arrived in Nevada City in 1949 and she soon became known as the "dean of Nevada County's fine artists." Along with a handful of other creative residents, she started the early local art events and helped put Nevada City on the map as a place for artists and art lovers to congregate.
She was a regular participant in the Sacramento Crocker-Kingsley art exhibits, showed at the San Francisco Museum of Art, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, received great acclaim for her lovely silkscreen work depicting California's Gold Rush history, earned prestigious awards for her oil painting, and has two woodcuts in the permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum.
She was a colorful local character and Renaissance woman who in addition to being an accomplished artist became a nationally recognized mycological expert. For decades, she combed the countryside and combined her love of the local geography with her sharp intellect and artistic talents to identify, catalogue and chronicle the vast variety of mushrooms growing here in the Sierra Nevada.
The event will include lots of great stories about Beverly and her many contributions to our local lore, food catered by Stonehouse Catering with a no-host bar, live music by the Mountain Fiddlers, and Beverly's artwork and mushroom notebooks on display with many pieces for sale.
Beverly had great love for her life here in Nevada County and the community of artists and naturalists she called her friends. Her passing provides an opportunity to call together those who knew her as well as host a party in her name for other artists and naturalists who will find in her art and others' reminiscences of her the renewable passion that a creative life offers.
For Information -
Kathe Gresham, 530-268-8157
Or Laura Gerhart, 530-265-8781