Parkersburg Celebrates a Late Local Artist

By: Hayley Skene Email
By: Hayley Skene Email

A Parkersburg native left her mark on the city.

It's Art Appreciation Month, so locals art lovers gathered to celebrate the artist's life and work.

The Blennerhassett Museum spotlighted Lily Irene Jackson.

A socialite of her time, Jackson's best know for her paintings of dogs and flowers.

She's also remembered for her quirky antics.

Historians said studying artists like Jackson can teach people a lot about their roots.

"It's a portal to the history, it's a portal to the past. A lot of times you see art or pictures of places that don't exist anymore. Of events, of people. I think it's a way to connect with them," said Jeff Little, who led the discussion on the artist.

The Blennerhassett Museum has a new exhibit featuring some of Jackson's work.

it also includes some other relics that she left behind.

The portrait of Jackson at the centerpiece of the exhibit was restored just in time for the event.

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