September 6 through December 28, 2014
This landmark exhibit brought together–for the first time ever–
many of the existing paintings and sketches that the Museum’s namesake artist made in 1901 during a restorative stay in Hawaii. It featured Hudson’s seldom-seen portraits of Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children, plus charming landscapes and seascapes. These were supplemented by Hawaiian artifacts Grace collected, her letters to and from family members during her sojourn, and photos she took of her surroundings.
Included were rare works from other painters in Hawaii that Grace met while there, including Helen Whitney Kelley; Theodore Wores; Charles Furneaux; D. Howard Hitchcock; illustrator Charles Bradford Hudson (no relation to Grace or her husband, John); and Harold Meade Mott-Smith. An extensive catalog was developed in tandem with the exhibit and is available in the Museum Gift Shop. This exhibit was co-curated by Karen Holmes, Grace Hudson Museum Registrar & Carpenter Family Historian, and Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Grace Hudson Museum Director.