Genevieve Karr Hamlin: Sculptor (1896 - 1989)

Beverly McLean and Richard Kendrot knew Genevieve Hamlin over a period of 30 years as an artist and as a friend. Beverly was a curator for several exhibitions of Gen's artwork. Richard's wood carvings and his photographs of Gen's work received the artist's critical and encouraging comments.

In 2003 Beverly and Richard began assembling an archive combining their personal Hamlin memorabilia and research. In 2005 Beverly, as director of The Studio School & Art Gallery, was curator for The 15th MINI PRINT International Exhibition, hosted by Roberson Museum and Science Center. Subsequently Roberson's staff was introduced to the Hamlin research resulting in the museum's support of this retrospective exhibition of Genevieve Karr Hamlin's Sculpture.

The exhibition,
Genevieve Karr Hamlin: Sculpture, represents Beverly and Richard's five year effort documenting Gen's work and represents over seventy years of Gen's career as an artist.

Barbara Sroka, Gen's niece, has been most generous and helpful. Barbara's son David Sroka and the entire Sroka family have been generous in furnishing information and assembling work for this exhibition. Many individuals enthusiastically loaned work from their collections for inclusion in the exhibition.

Many of Hamlin's early works are shown in a slide show made possible by the loan of original files she kept since the early 1920s, with negatives and information about each sculpture. All who knew her have fascinating and different tales about their association with her. The stories could be about art, sculpture, nature, animals, or spirituality. Gen was knowledgeable about all of these subjects.

Assembling this material has allowed friendship with Genevieve Hamlin to come alive again in an exhibition of over a hundred pieces – sculpture, photos and prints. In addition, a draft of her unfinished book
About Sculpture, Art and Life, as well as a collection of numerous newspaper articles, are included in the exhibition.