• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Painter Billie Davids working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Date: August 18, 2007
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

Painter Billie Davids will be the Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from September 11 to September 23. Mrs. Davids will be available to interact with visitors while she works on-site from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Her schedule may vary so please call ahead.

Billie Davids is a native of the small river town of Princeton, Iowa. After leaving behind artwork most of her life, Mrs. Davids started painting professionally three years ago. Her paintings capture moments of everyday American life. “I bought myself a camera a few years ago,” says Mrs. Davids, “and started noticing all the ordinary activities that people of all ages were enjoying, sometimes planned activities they had looked forward to all week, sometimes impromptu moments, and I wanted to paint them, stop time, not just with my camera but in large as life pictures so I could say for them, ‘See me, see what I can do.’”

Billie Davids will give a presentation on her work on Saturday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Visitor Center. The presentation will last about one hour.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

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