Semmes Camellia Festival will include collection of camellia prints by Lila Moore Keen, "The Lady of the Camellias"
Among the live camellia blooms, the table-scapes and the educational booths at Semmes Camellia Festival at Semmes First Baptist Church January 20, will be a display of six camellia prints of the art of Lila moore Keen.
The newly framed prints from the collection of Lib Dodd will be on a table featuring the history of Semmes as "the Nursery Capital of the Southeast."
Lila Moore Keen, known as "The Lady of the Camellias," was a prominent artist of the first half of the 20th Century. According to many Internet sites, she loved the flowers of her native Georgia, and had an unequaled talent for painting camellias, magnolias and other flowers of the South.
Keen dedicated her life to preserving the beauty of Southern flowers on her canvases. And, according to online sources, the least deviation from the true color or detail of the flowers was rejected and thrown away.
The artist was honored nationwide for her paintings, which were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. every other year. She was honored by the American Camellia Society, and her flowers adorned the covers of national flower publications.
A couple of the online sites devoted to Keen and her works are http://womenofourliveslaurenscounty.blogspot.com/2009/09/lila-moore-keen.html and
http://www.askart.com/artist/Lila_Moore_Keen/68184/Lila_Moore_Keen.aspx. The photos in this article are drawn from those sites.
For more information on the Annual Semmes Camellia Festival, call Jeanette Byrd, 251-649-1647 or Alice Dodd Baker, 251-645-3280.