Sometimes we receive notes from folks from all over the country. Recently, I received a query from Michael Hyde, who had questions about Chester Stokesberry, an Irvington artist who dwelled at 352 Burgess Avenue. Mr. Stokesberry was a prolific artist who specialized in oils of natural scenes although he also painted portraits.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Mr. Hyde reports that the storm struck a family member's home and the house went underwater as they lived twenty miles from the eye. Unfortunately, a painting by Chester Stokesberry titled "October" went under with the deluge. Thankfully, the family was able to save the painting.
The provenance of the painting is quite interesting. It appears to have been exhibited at a John Herron art show in 1955. Almost twenty years after its creation, the painting surfaced in a Michigan antique shop which is where Mr. Hyde's family found it in the early 1970s. After learning of the Vintage Irvington blog, he kindly took out his phone and snapped these two shots of the lovely painting. The images and stories are courtesy of Michael Hyde. You may learn more about the artist Chester Stokesberry by clicking on the family link below.