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Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall has just been honored with a historical marker, the publishing of a new book–Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall–and the current exhibition of her works on display at Lynchburg College’s Daura Gallery.

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Fireside in Virginia by Queena Stovall

Emma Serena Dillard “Queena” Stovall was born in Amherst County in 1887.  She received the nickname “Queena” from her grandmother because of how other young children could not pronounce Serena.  She married Jonathan Stovall, a traveling salesman in 1908.  They had 9 children.  Living in Lynchburg, Virginia during the fall and winter and spending the spring and summer at their farm in Amherst County, Virginia they had a good life.

In 1949 Queena decided to pursue artistic ventures, she was 62.  She enrolled at Randolph-Macon Women’s College to take art classes under the direction of Pierre Daura.  Daura liked her natural style of painting so much that he suggested she stop taking classes with him and follow her own unique style without any outside influences.

Queena Stovall’s artwork depicts both black and white Virginians in rural settings, which earned her the title of “Grandma Moses of Virginia.”  She produced scenes of ordinary life such as crop harvests, funerals, jarring for the winter, baptisms, cooking and livestock and estate auctions.  In 1956 she displayed her first solo exhibition at Lynchburg College.  She continued to paint until her health started to fail in 1967.

An exhibition of 44 of her 49 original oil paintings, along with five reproductions, are currently on display at Lynchburg College’s Daura Gallery.  This is the largest collection of her paintings ever shown together.  The exhibit will be open until April 13, 2018.  After leaving Lynchburg College the exhibit will travel to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.  It will be featured there between May 12 through October 14, 2018.

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Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Queena Stovall

The Daura Gallery also sponsored the publishing of the book “Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall.”  The 104-page book marks the first time all of Stovall’s works have been printed in color.

Located along Route 130, in Amherst County, Virginia, the historical marker highlights her life and work.  Located less than one-half mile from the farm where she lived for 35 years and painted it is a compliment to the strength of her artwork.