How do you celebrate fifty years of marriage when both parties are avid painters? With an art exhibit, of course!
From now until Sept. 8 the Salem Museum will exhibit a special display called “The Art of the Hills,” featuring the work Bill and Mary Lou Hill, Salem residents with more than a century of painting experience–and half a century of marriage experience– between them.
Bill, retired professor from Roanoke College, and Mary Lou, a retired educator, have both been painting since childhood. Married in 1962, the Hills celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. When their children rented space at the Salem Museum for a party and suggested they hang some of their work for the reception, the idea evolved into a month-long exhibit exploring the relationship between art, family, and love.
The varied subjects in “The Art of the Hills” include regional scenes and far-flung landscapes, such as two depicting Anasazi ruins in Arizona. Generations of the artists’ family can be seen, including Mary Lou’s grandparents and the couple’s grandchildren Isabelle and twins Crockett and Samson.
“Bill and Mary Lou are wonderful folks and fixtures of the Salem community,” said John Long, Salem Museum director. “We are thrilled to help them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in this way.”
“The Art of the Hills” will remain on display through Olde Salem Days, September 8th.
The Salem Museum is located at 801 East Main Street in Salem, and is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 4, and Saturday from noon to five. No admission is charged for the Museum galleries.
Submitted by John Long, the Salem Museum.