Monthly archives: October, 2014

The Hemingways’ Paris Dinner Held

On the evening of October 24, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott held a benefit dinner at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro. The event was called “The Hemingways’ Paris” and featured a Parisian dinner and winetasting, with Bruce Cochran of Jonesboro serving as sommelier.

Continuing with the Paris theme, the museum will lead a trip to the Hemingways’ Paris from March 22-30. On the Left Bank, they will walk in the footsteps of the artists of the Lost Generation: Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, and of course Ernest Hemingway. On the Right Bank, they will explore the world of Parisian fashion that Pauline Pfeiffer covered for Vogue magazine. They will see the world of Coco Chenal and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. In addition, they will visit other major Paris sites, as well as Versailles, Giverny, and Normandy, where Ernest covered the 1944 Invasion as a journalist.

The trip is open to the public, but space is limited and expected to fill up fast. The cost is $3198/person (land package, double-occupancy). To register for the trip, or to get information, contact the museum.

This is the second educational trip offered by the museum. Last May, 34 travelers explored Hemingway’s Cuba. Friday’s dinner featured an art exhibition by one of those travelers, Prof. James Richards of Fort Worth. His watercolors of Cuba can be seen on the third floor of the Ellis Library on the campus of ASU until Nov. 14. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Hemingway’s Cuba Art Exhibit – James Richards

Richards 2From October 27-November 14, an exhibition by James Richards, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, will be on display on the third floor of Dean B. Ellis Library in Jonesboro.  Here’s Prof. Richard’s description of his work:

“Hemingway’s writing an life have long beckoned the adventurous in spirit.  Likewise, Cuba is a place of fascination for intrepid travelers, in part because Hemingway’s spirit remains a palpable presence there.  In May 2014, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center’s tour Hemingway’s Cuba provided both access to and excellent interpretation of this fascinating place and its connections to one of the giants of American literature.

As an artist and an academic, I’m interested in the intersection of place and creativity:  the cities, towns, landscapes and experiences that inspire ideas and great works.  Hemingway purposefully sought out places conducive to his writing–Paris and Key West, among others–but he lived and worked in Cuba longer than in any other setting.  Drawing offered a fascinating way to deeply see and experience these locales, and to document a personal response to the places and people we encountered.  These watercolor sketches offer a rare, authentic look at today’s Cuba, where past and present intertwine, and at many of the largely unchanged settings that fueled Hemingway’s imagination and some of his best writing.”