Holiday Warehouse proudly welcomes The Clementine Hunter Christmas Ornament Collection from the Gitter Gallery.
Louisiana’s most famous artist, Clementine Hunter, was born in 1886 at Hidden Hill Plantation below Cloutierville, Louisiana. At a young age, Clementine moved to Melrose Plantation where she lived and worked until her death in 1988 at age 101. Clementine first worked in the cotton fields and pecan groves until Miss Cammie Henry, the owner of Melrose, brought her into the "Big House" to clean and cook. It was here that she came in contact with New Orleans artist Alberta Kinsley, whose work inspired Clementine to try painting.
Without formal training, she produced colorful memory paintings that captured every day life on Melrose Plantation. Her paintings are recognized as a narrative telling the story of plantation life during the time before mechanization came to agriculture. Her depiction of cotton pickings, washdays, pecan pickings, weddings, baptisms, funerals and other scenes of life on Melrose, have made her works coveted around the world. Clementine Hunter is one of the most important self-taught American artists of the 20th century. Her works can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, The American Folk Art Museum, The Oprah Winfrey Collection in Chicago and countless other museums and private collections.
Gitter Gallery has assembled the best artisans to recreate the memories of the things Clementine Hunter loved and observed during her life on the Melrose Plantation. Her famous paintings of cotton pickings, washdays, pecan pickings, weddings, baptisms, and other scenes of life on Melrose have made her works an important part of American history. Each hand blown glass Christmas ornament is meticulously hand sculpted and hand painted by highly skilled artisans. No two ornaments are alike. Each piece has its own distinctive shape and textured surface that allows you to feel the passion in her work. We hope you will enjoy these collector quality ornaments for years to come. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale goes towards the preservation, interpretation and restoration of the Clementine Hunter House at Melrose Plantation, a national Historic Landmark.