The late artist Lynn Carlisle touched many lives, and her presence left a permanent imprint on those who knew her. However, it was Carlisle’s artwork that will forever be her legacy.
An exhibition of the artist’s work will be on display at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The exhibit will be composed of pieces from Carlisle’s family and friends.
“We are pleased to have the support of many of Lynn’s friends, who are willing to lend their artwork for the upcoming show,” said Suzy Haslup, a Racing Hall of Fame board member. “It should be a great representation of her work and a tribute to a very special person. Lynn was very active as a fellow Aiken Racing Hall of Fame board member, and she shared her vast knowledge with us to present better and more professional exhibits over the years. She is very much missed.”
Friends remember Carlisle as a woman of character and compassion, valuing her talents as an artist but also for her competitive spirit and desire for life.
A horseman, Carlisle began fox hunting at age 9, and her passion for the sport earned her colors with the Oakbrook Hounds of Chicago, Ill.; Camargo Hunt of Cincinnati, Ohio; Iriquois Hunt of Lexington, Ky., and the Aiken Hounds.
Carlisle was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Craig Jarvis, on May 17, 2012.
“Lynn was a good friend, a wonderful mother, a truly gifted artist, and a valuable board member,” said Jane Hottensen, owner of Folly in downtown Aiken. “She was the consummate sportswoman. She rode with the hounds, shot like Annie Oakley and traveled the world, doing it all with passion. A very bright light went out with her passing.”
The artist worked in water color and oil on linen, and her artwork was exhibited nationwide. Carlisle’s fluency of expression, and use of light and color to bind forms together, enabled her to produce images of extraordinary richness.
“Her incredible love for and affinity to every creature she drew or painted came through in every piece she did,” said Warren Dempsey, Racing Hall of Fame board member.
Carlisle’s work has been exhibited in a number of prominent galleries, including the Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, Wyo.; Kentucky Horse Park Museum in Lexington, Ky.; Museum of Hounds and Hunting in Morven Park, Va.; Handwright Gallery in New Canaan, Conn.; Botswana Predator Conservation Trust Benefit in New York City; the Sporting Dog Exhibit, National Forest Foundation, Millbrook, N.Y.; and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting in Morven Park, Leesburg, Va. She also had the distinction of her work being featured as part of the Master of Foxhounds Centennial Traveling Art Exhibition at Crossgate Gallery.
“Lynn painted both of our Springer Spaniels, Bunker and Birdie,” said Gail King, who has worked on the annual Aiken Horse Shows. “She perfectly captured their expressions, mostly in the way she does their eyes. Lynn was an incredibly talented artist and I am so glad to have these paintings, which I cannot look at without thinking of her wonderful life and tragic death.”
Donations will be accepted to endow a bench for the museum courtyard in Lynn’s memory.