Former professor’s work displayed

Jesta Bell Armstrong ’28 Matherly in a 1969 yearbook photo.

WILMORE, KY—Jesta Bell Armstrong ’28 Matherly’s artwork inspires others 19 years after her death. The University of Kentucky Art Museum will display Matherly’s work in an exhibit titled, Jesta Bell: J.B. Armstrong Discovered, from Sept. 14 to Nov. 30.

This exhibit is part of Mercer County Weekend, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum will provide free admission to Mercer County Residents Sept. 20-21 from 1 to 5 p.m., with a special panel discussion on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Through this weekend, Mercer County plans to honor Matherly by encouraging residents to view her paintings, depicting local scenery and architecture. Matherly’s art career spanned 50 years, and several of her paintings capture historical structures that no longer exist in Harrodsburg and Mercer County.

Matherly received her M.A. from George Peabody College for Teachers, which is now part of Vanderbilt University and served as an art professor at Asbury College for 28 years. Matherly’s estate intends to donate some of her paintings featuring Wilmore to the College. The art department is planning a dual exhibit featuring the work of Matherly and her former student, Elizabeth Campbell, in fall 2009.

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