Hester Donnelly, John Powell, and Augusta E. (Betty) Devine
Photograph of Hester Donnelly, John Powell, and Augusta E. (Betty) Devine backstage at Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC.
Hester Claire Donnelly (1912-1992) was a gifted local artist and art teacher who helped organize St. John's Museum of Art. She studied with Elizabeth Chant, another well-known Wilmington artist. She started the Artists’ Gallery in 1958, which later evolved into St. John’s Museum of Art, and taught classes there until the year before her death. She was a President of the Thalian Association and the Wilmington Art Association. Ms. Donnelly’s work depicted the river and other Wilmington scenes through watercolor and oil. She is buried in Oakdale Cemetery. Betty (Augusta E.) Devine (1930-1984) was the Society Editor of the Star-News for many years. She was a member of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Wilmington Historical Foundation. She is also buried in Oakdale Cemetery. John Powell (1920-1976) was the News Director of Radio Station WMFD for 13 years. Before that, he was a reporter for the Star-News, and also with radio station WGNI and WWAY-TV. He also published several articles for the New Yorker magazine and other national publications.
Theater; St. John's Museum of Art; Artists; Wilmington star-news (Wilmington, N.C.)
James H. McKoy Family Papers 1950-1969, Sp. Coll. # 1217
New Hanover County Public Library
Originally given to the Cape Fear Museum by Henry Bacon McKoy in 2003. Given to the New Hanover County Public Library by the Museum in 2007
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