Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens announces the release of the first two books in a series about the Estate. Now available for purchase are “The Gate Lodge” and “The Seiberling Family.” Written by Stan Hywet curator Julie Frey, the books are available for purchase for $15 each at Molly’s Shop at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, in Akron.
“The Seiberling Family” is a look at three generations of the Seiberlings, and is a companion piece augmenting this year’s exhibit, “Our Family,” in the Manor House, which features stories of the Seiberlings through family photos, letters and memorabilia. New information and photos, part of ongoing research about the Seiberling family, is featured in this book.
“The Gate Lodge” tells the story of the founding place of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 at Stan Hywet’s Gate Lodge, with cover art of the Gate Lodge by local artist Mary White.
Mary White is inspired by the familiar surroundings of the Cuyahoga Valley, where she has lived and painted for more than 30 years. In 2009, working primarily in oils and pastels, she began painting in the “en plein air” (in the open air) tradition.
White has participated in many local painting competitions, receiving first place and several honorable mentions. She enjoys portraiture and still life, painting in a realistic style; her influences include Robert Brackman, Richard Schmid and William A. Bouguereau. She is a signature member of The Akron Society of Artists.
Julie Frey is the Director of Museum Services and Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, where she oversees the collections and tour services departments.
Frey graduated from the University of Dayton, majoring in history and English. After completing an internship with the Montgomery County Historical Society, she decided to become a museum curator and attended graduate school at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in upstate New York.
She pursued her museum career first at the Rye Historical Society in New York and then at the Litchfield Historical Society in Connecticut. She returned to Ohio as Collections Manager/Registrar at Kenyon College’s art museum, The Gund Gallery. She joined Stan Hywet in April, 2014.
To learn more about Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, go to www.stanhywet.org.
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