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Beginning July 1st the works of well know Guntersville artist, Lucile Smith Rains (1908-1987) will be on display at Mountain Valley Arts Council. An opening reception, hosted by family members, will be held Thursday evening, July 3rd, beginning at 5:30 pm. The exhibition will be on display through August 30th.
Rains grew up on her family farm in Warrenton, developing a love of nature, the changing seasons and, especially, Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee River. These are reflected in many of her paintings. She painted landscapes, portraits and still life using oils and watercolors as her medium.
Rains started painting in 1949, having studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and was a graduate of the School of Fine Art in Westport, Connecticut. Locally, she studied under Martha Bradford and Frank Nelson. A portrait of Mrs. Rain, painted by Bradford, will be included in the exhibit.
She was an active member of the Twentieth Century Club (now the Twenty-First Century Club), which began the now annual “Art on the Lake.” In fact, she was the first to suggest having this show. She exhibited her own art many times over the years, winning several awards herself. She was member of the Guntersville Art Guild, and was one of several artists supporting an Art Gallery in Guntersville. When the Lake Guntersville State Park was first built, show was one of several artists invited to show their artwork there. The park also commissioned painting from Rains to hang in their permanent collection as did Joe Wheeler State Park. Rains was honored with a one-woman exhibition by the Twentieth Century Club, held at the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce in 1981. More than 40 painted were displayed at that time. MVAC will host a comparable number; a first time showing of her works since then.
Today, her art works are in many private and public collections around the south. Her art is noted for capturing both the beauty of our area and a sense of history in her water and riverboat scenes. She had also painted scenes such as Smith Lake, the old Marshall County Courthouse, and the original river bridge. Her favorite season was autumn, evident in many of her landscapes.
This exhibition is being sponsored by the Rains Family and Mr. Sonny Lewis.
For more information, please contact Mountain Valley Arts Council at 256-571-7199. Information can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Valley-Arts-Council