The Association for the Preservation for Historic Natchitoches (APHN), along with members of the Brittain family and descendants of Clementine Hunter, held a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Clementine Hunter’s House at Melrose Plantation. This house is one of the nine historic structures located at Melrose Plantation. After sitting dormant for over 40 years the home was restored with funds from the Gitter Gallery in New Orleans and the Cane River Art Corporation.
“We’re all here because we love the preservation of history,” said APHN member Dr. Vicki Parrish.
Doug Gitter thanked APHN for bringing this project to fruition.
“Since my early 20s, I’ve been a passionate collector of contemporary American folk art,” said Gitter. “The art spoke to me, it moved me. It was genuine, from the heart.”
With the help of the Brittain family and the Cane River Art Corporation, a licensing agreement was formed to make Clementine Hunter’s artwork affordable again.
“Our objective was to move people,” said Gitter. “Allow them to feel the passion in her heartfelt works of art.”
All the graphic panels were framed in cypress by George Olivier’s daughter Chalon Olivier Ahbol.
“We give this house to Melrose and to the Natchitoches community to enjoy and understand how important Clementine Hunter was,” said Tom Whitehead.
This event marked the beginning of APHN’s Fall Tour of Homes. Saturday, Oct. 13 tour several lovely Natchitoches landmarks including Lemee House, Prudhomme-Rouquier House, Hill Haven, and more. Saturday also boasts a full schedule of expert guest speakers at Lemee House and the Barn at Melrose Plantation.
Both Saturday and Sunday offer visitors the option to tour the Cane River area’s most impressive plantations, including Melrose, Cherokee, Oakland, and more.
For more details on all of the amazing tour sites, special weekend programming, or to purchase tickets go online to http://www.melroseplantation.org/fall-tour-destinations.