Edward Gay

Edward Gay, who lived from 1837 to 1928, was a prolific American landscape painter.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Pee Dee residents have an opportunity to learn more about an artist with a connection to the Coker family of Hartsville.

Florence County Museum Director Stephen W. Motte will give a lecture on American landscape painter Edward Gay. Gay lived and worked in New York, but his life intersected with local South Carolina history when two of his children married into the Coker family of Hartsville.

The lecture will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 18 at the Florence County Museum at 111 West Cheves St. in downtown Florence. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will explore Gay’s unique connection to the South and discuss his art in the context of shifting philosophies that transformed American painting at the turn of the century.

Gay, who lived from 1837 to 1928, was a prolific American landscape painter. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and a close friend of the influential artist George Inness.

The Coker family is famed for, among other things, Maj. James Lide Coker, the founder of Sonoco Products Corporation and Coker University in Hartsville.

For more information about the lecture and other upcoming exhibits and events, contact the Florence County Museum at 843-676-1200 or visit flocomuseum.org.

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