The article originally appeared in the Daily Southerner.
TARBORO â€” The Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council (Edgecombe Arts) invites the community to a reception for a new exhibitÂ â€œPieces of Reminiscence, Collection of Scenes and Still Lifes by Hobson Pittmanâ€ from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Blount-Bridgers House at 130 Bridgers St. in Tarboro. The exhibit will be on display until April 17. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a replica of Pittmanâ€™s studio as well as a short movie about his life.
Each year, Edgecombe Arts exhibits part of the permanent collection from the Hobson Pittman art collection. This year, Motsie Brooks, artist and Blount-Bridgers House Foundation board member, and Arts Council Executive Director Joyce Turner selected works that depict interior scenes and landscape studies as well as Pittmanâ€™s still life studies. There are a mix of oil paintings and pastels that represent Pittmanâ€™s translation of both memories of lush Southern scenes, ladies in parlors, and floral studies that are signature Pittman pieces.
Hobson Lafayette Pittman is an important figure in art history for Edgecombe County. He was born in a small, rural community of Epworth (near Leggett) and later moved to Tarboro. Later, he moved to Philadelphia to study art but took with him the experiences of living in a small, Southern town. These experiences and memories live on through many of the works in the collection.