Wallowa Lake and Colonial Williamsburg? Eastern Oregon and Virginia? Isn’t that that place to go to learn about America’s early history? Is there a connection? I wouldn’t have thought so. However, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA, holds a piece of art depicting Wallowa Lake.
From the museum’s future events webpage:
The Art of Steve Harley
This exhibition showcases the life and work of Steve Harley (1863-1947) who traveled to the Pacific Northwest and was inspired by such places as Wallowa Lake, Wind River and Mount Hood. His paintings capture the natural beauty of the places in stunning color. Only five paintings survive, all of which are owned by the museum and will be shown in the exhibition along with sketches and photographs. February 13, 2010 through December 2011.
I was fortunate enough to find an image on the Colonial Williamsburg website showing the Steve Harley painting of Wallowa Lake. How fascinating! Looking at this image, Harley might’ve been standing atop the East Moraine and peering back along the West Fork Wallowa River towards the Lakes Basin. When was he here? No idea. Can’t find information about him anywhere.
Probably long before there was any Wallowa Lake hotel (or any other Wallowa Lake lodging, for that matter). . .perhaps even when the Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce spent their summers along the shores of Wallowa Lake. Hard to say.
Should anyone reading this post visit Colonial Williamsburg between February 13, 2010 and December 2011, take the time to visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and please let us know how the exhibition went–and a little more about this artist who spent time at Wallowa Lake!