Lot 3030
Mary Anne Keel Jenkins (NC, 1929-2017), Untitled (Portrait of Mary Jo Bell)
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Acrylic on canvas, signed and dated 2001 at lower left, presented in an attractive gilt frame.

Frame dimensions 27 x 26 1/2 in.

From the Collection of Susan and Michael Hershfield, Durham, NC, Proceeds to benefit the Dr. Ira and Joyce Wiggins Endowed Scholarship Fund in the NCCU Jazz Studies program.

From the Collection of Mary Jo & Dick Bell, founders of Garden Gallery and the Water Garden, Raleigh, North Carolina

Mary Anne Keel Jenkins was born in Stokes, North Carolina, in 1929. She moved with her family to Greenville in 1932. After a year at East Carolina University (1948-1949) she left to study at the Ferree School of Art (closed in 1954) in Raleigh where she earned the Diploma in Fine Art in 1953. After graduation she found employment at the Raleigh Times as display advertising account executive. After her marriage in 1954, she was determined to develop a career as an artist. She succeeded and exhibited in numerous shows throughout her prolific five decade career. The Greenville Museum of Art showcased a retrospective of her work in 1999-2000.

Mary Anne painted this portrait in the style of Juan Gris as a tribute to Mary Jo, her friend and gallerist.

Minor rubbing and some chipping to frame.