RENOWNED VISUAL ARTS PRODIGY AUTUMN DE FOREST SHOWCASES HER PAINTINGS AT THE MONTHAVEN ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER IN HENDERSONVILLE, TENN.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (June 28, 2017) – One of America’s foremost art prodigies will showcase her work in a major exhibition at the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) in Hendersonville, Tenn. The Exhibition, titled Her White Room: The Art of Autumn de Forest, is sponsored by Park West Foundation and will run Aug. 5 to Oct. 8 and will feature more than 60 paintings by the phenomenal teenage artist. It will be her first show in the state of Tennessee, and to mark the occasion she will hold master classes with area art students.
“People who see Autumn’s work for the first time are often stunned when they learn her age,” says John Pitcher, board chair of the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center. “All of her works are strikingly original and vividly colorful. We are honored to be the first gallery in Tennessee to showcase her remarkable paintings.”
Autumn de Forest is a 15-year-old professional artist, and she has been painting for most of her life. Her works are collected around the world and sell for up to $25,000. Discovery Channel featured her on a child prodigy special and referred to her simply as “an artistic genius.”
Autumn has done national media tours, has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, and has been featured on Inside Edition, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC news spots. She has lectured throughout the country for global corporations, universities, charities and organizations of all kinds. Recently she has been invited to speak at Harvard University on the importance of the arts in education. She has also made appearances at both the White House and the Vatican, where at age 14 she received the International Vatican Award in Painting and Art from Pope Francis.
Autumn’s exhibit at Monthaven will show the breadth of her style, which ranges from pop art to pure abstraction. Legends such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Pablo Picasso have influenced her artistic approach, prompting her to create works that are remarkable for their color and energy. It’s worth noting that Autumn’s prodigious gifts are firmly imprinted on her DNA. She descends from a distinguished line of artists that include such luminaries as George de Forest Brush (1855-1941), Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), and Roy de Forest (1930 to 2007).
Autumn will celebrate the opening of her show with a reception at Monthaven Mansion from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. Autumn will also hold a master class with children ages 6 to 12 on Friday, Aug. 4 and with high school students on Saturday, Aug. 5. The media are welcome to attend both classes. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 8. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the mansion is free and open to the public.
The Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center serves as a haven for the arts in Hendersonville and beyond. Throughout the year, the MACC hosts major art exhibitions. It offers classes and workshops on clay making, painting, songwriting, brewing, glassblowing, film production, and photography, among other things. Monthaven Mansion is also available to rent for weddings, receptions, showers, corporate team-building classes and private parties. For more information, visit www.hendersonvillearts.org or call (615) 822-0789.