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5 The Fitzpatrick Society 25 Years of Gifts to the Collection The Huntington Museum of Art owes its existence to the generosity of Herbert Fitzpatrick a local attorney who had a strong desire to enrich the cultural life of his adopted hometown. His gifts of 52 acres and an extensive collection of artwork provided the foundation for the effort to establish the Huntington Galleries which opened in 1952. It was thus very appropriate that an organization that was created in 1989 to help foster the growth of the museums art collection was named the Fitzpatrick Society. The Society enlists the help of interested art lovers who pay membership dues to belong to the group. The dues are then used to purchase additional artworks for the collection. A number of potential purchases are displayed at the Societys annual meeting and members are allowed to cast a vote to pick their favorite work. The leading vote-getter is then purchased by the museum and added to the collection. Depending on available revenue some years have seen multiple items acquired through Society funds. The Fitzpatrick Society received a substantial boost in its ability to purchase works of art when it became the beneficiary of a bequest from the estate of longtime docent and museum supporter Don Harper. Mr. Harper a Huntington native enjoyed a lengthy career in government service in Washington D.C. Following his retirement he returned to live in his hometown and became a dedicated volunteer at the museum. The bequest that followed his passing in 2003 specified that a large portion of the funds from his estate should be used as an endowment to benefit the activities of the Fitzpatrick Society. In addition to its primary focus upon enriching the museums art collection the Donald B. Harper Endowment also supports scholarly and educational initiatives at the Museum including publishing and docent education and enrichment. Since its first purchases were made in 1990 more than 30 works have been added to the museum collection through the efforts of the Society. These works mirror the diverse nature of the HMA collection and include everything from a centuries-old Inuit story board to contemporary works on paper old master prints photographs paintings and studio glass. Several of the acquisitions have aided the Museums attempts to collect representative works by visiting artists in the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series. For information on joining the Fitzpatrick Society please contact HMA Development Director Carol Bailey cbaileyhmoa.org. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Daine Gallery October 24 2015 - February 7 2016 Opening reception takes place on Sunday October 25 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. This exhibit will be accompanied by a catalogue which will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Olivia Parker American b. 1941 Circles 1999. Digital image image 31 x 38 framed 34 14 x 41 12 x 2. Funds provided by The Fitzpatrick Society 2000.5. Abastenia St. Leger Eberle American 1878-1942 The Interruption c. 1912. Bronze overall A sculpture 12 14 x 9 14 x 8 34 overall B wood base 1 12 x 11 x 10. Funds provided by The Fitzpatrick Society and the Donald B. Harper Endowment 2010.8AB.