Oil paintings created by the late American landscape artist Floyd Gahman will be on display until July 31 in the Anna & Harlan Hubbard Gallery on the second floor of the Frankfort Community Public Library.
Gahman (1894-1979) earned his Associate National Academician diploma in March of 1943 and later earned his National Academician diploma in 1969.
According to the National Academy of Design, becoming a National Academician “is a lifetime honor given annually by current National Academicians. It cannot be applied or solicited for. In a tradition going back to 1825, current members confidentially nominate and elect a new class each year, honoring the group’s contributions to the story of American art and architecture.”
Gahman’s oil painting “Cold Springs Road” is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He also has a mural displayed at Penn State University where he retired as an art professor. Some of his other paintings can be seen at Newfield in Indianapolis and at Indiana University.
“It is a really beautiful exhibit,” said Susie Blackmore, Markerting & Art Manager at the FCPL. “The artwork is stunning. There are a lot of landscapes. It has a loose feel. There are lots of surprising colors that he uses that are rally intriguing. It is really nice. He captured daily life, which is an interesting thing.”
After being born in Ohio, Gahman was raised in Indiana, and he kept strong ties to the Hoosier state.
“My grandfather remained close to Indiana for his whole life,” said Alison Ingram. “Even though he lived in New York City, he always came out to Indiana in the summer and had close relationships with his family. He came from a large family, so he had a lot of people to keep up with.”
Ingram joined fellow relatives of Gahman, Peggy Williams of Frankfort and Nancy Neel, in bringing the exhibit of family-owned paintings to Frankfort.
“It makes me feel really happy because my grandfather was recognized by the National Academy of Design,” Ingram said. “At the time that he was elected to the National Academy, there could only be 400 living members, and he was inducted into the academy at a relatively young age. His work has been nationally recognized, and there is a family relationship between my cousins in Frankfort. Having his paintings exhibited in a place close to where his decedents live is a special thing, and the Frankfort Library is an amazing gallery space.”
Art must run in Gahman’s family. A relative of Gahman’s, Jennifer Neel, has participated in the FCPL’s November Art Show in the past.
After being in the family for years, each piece featured in the Floyd Gahman exhibit is now available.
“Every piece is for sale,” Blackmore said. “The money goes to the family, and a portion of each sale goes to the Friends of the Frankfort Library, who sponsor programs and classes.”
Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to practice social-distancing while viewing the exhibit.
“We want to encourage people to keep a 6-foot distance from others in the gallery,” Blackmore said. “Please wear a mask if you can. We have some disposable masks at the entrance of the library, too. And then keep your visit short. We want people to come in and enjoy the art and check out materials. But maybe don’t linger too long.”
This time, the exhibit can also be seen online.
“This will also be a virtual exhibit for those who can’t go into the library or maybe aren’t felling well,” Blackmore said. “If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage you to stay home right now. So, that will be available on our social media channels and on our website (www.myfcpl.org).”
The Frankfort Community Public Library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“The Friends of the Frankfort Library are hosting a reception from 1-3 p.m. on July 18,” Blackmore added. “If we have any food, it will be prepackaged food and canned sparkling water. So, there will be light refreshments, and we are going to try to keep a safe distance in the gallery.”