The artist, Carroll Cloar, was Jeff's uncle. He was actually my mother-in-law, Connie's, great uncle, but he was about the same age as her father. Carroll and Tommy "Sonny" were great friends, as well as family. Jeff spent almost every 4th of July at Uncle Carroll's house, swimming in his pool.
Memphis is celebrating what would have been Carroll's 100th year. There are several exhibits and events across town. Today, we went to a function at the Brook's Museum. We, as a part of the Cloar family, got a personal tour of the exhibit and then attended a presentation given by Dr. Stanton Thomas. He has been studying Carroll Cloar for several years. He did a wonderful job! Afterwards, we were able to visit with Dr. Thomas.
Lee, Jeff's dad, asked Dr. Thomas if my son, Jack, looked familiar.
Dr. Thomas looked at Jack a few seconds and then said, "yes, wow!"
Jack has a few of Carroll Cloar's features!
Dr. Thomas made several jokes and comments about how much Jack looked like Carroll.
Because Dr. Thomas was with us, we were allowed to take this picture.
Dr. Thomas's wife tweeted it! #summerofcloar
Jack and Dr. Thomas posed in front of a lithograph that Uncle Carroll drew himself at different stages of life.
Jack and Dr. Thomas are sporting the famous Carroll Cloar expression.
In our personalized tour, I asked if I could take a non-flash picture of a painting Carroll did of the Ziegenhorn family. This is a rare and special painting because most of the other family paintings are of Connie's family, the Cloars. I was told "no, photos are forbidden".
When Jeff's family was ready to leave, I snuck back around to the painting, held my phone at my waist, and took the picture. The security guard (one in every room) was eyeing me! I told my sons that I needed to leave because I had taken a picture. They were shocked...not sure why.
They should expect this of their mother.
I get what I want. Rules don't apply to me.
The guard followed me out of the entire exhibit.
In the above painting, there is a kid, in yellow, sitting on the lap of a man with a tie. This is Lee's dad. The man in the blue overalls is Lee's grandfather.......
now you see! I had to take the picture!
Even though I had to wear a skirt and dress shoes all day...
Even though my hair looked totally ridiculous (I wore a stupid headband)....
Even though I looked like a bloated penguin...
I enjoyed all the paintings and the special stories.
It was a good day with my sophisticated family!