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The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to welcome author, Nancy Penrose on Thursday, February 14 at Noon for a lunchtime lecture and book signing on A Dream and a Chisel: Louisiana Sculptor Angela Gregory in Paris, 1925–1928.
A Dream and a Chisel is a memoir based on Penrose’s oral history interviews with internationally known sculptor, Angela Gregory (1903–1990), as well as letters and diaries compiled before Gregory’s death in 1990. Gregory’s works include bas-relief profiles for the Louisiana State Capitol, the Bienville Monument in New Orleans, other monuments and sculptures incorporated into buildings, portrait busts, medallions, and other forms that appear in museums and public spaces throughout the state. Gregory’s work appeared in group shows at many prestigious museums and in exhibitions, including the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon d’Automne in Paris, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the National Collection of Fine Arts in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. West Baton Rouge Museum now has a permanent installation of maquette or scale model pieces Gregory created for the Louisiana State Capitol profiles.
Nancy L. Penrose is an award-winning writer whose essays have been published in many literary magazines and in anthologies. She is the coauthor, with Khoo Seow Hwa, of Behind the Brushstrokes: Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy. From 1999 to 2014 Penrose served as writer, editor, and communications coordinator for the University of Washington’s ocean observatory program.