News from MacMurray College
About 50 paintings by Nellie Knopf never seen in area on display.
A collection of about 50 paintings by Jacksonville artist Nellie Knopf that have never before been on public display in the area will be shown beginning Oct. 1 at the Applebee Gallery on the MacMurray College campus.
An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the gallery, located in the Putnam/Springer Center at the corner of Clay and State streets in Jacksonville, to honor the lenders of the paintings from Michigan, Kansas, Chicago and Jacksonville. The event is free and open to the public.
The show will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until MacMurray homecoming weekend, when it will open 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 before the Homecoming parade, and 11 a.m. to noon, after the parade. In addition, the Applebee Gallery will be open 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 for the Downtown Gallery Hop.
Knopf, the art director at MacMurray from 1900 to 1943, left Jacksonville each summer to paint. The paintings in the show depict scenes from Maine, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, California and Mexico.
When Knopf died in 1946, she left 600 oil paintings and more than 200 water colors in her estate. Her nephew and heirs then began to market the artwork. Today, Knopf paintings are available online, in a number of art galleries across the country and occasionally show up on the Antique Roadshow on PBS.