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Home Defense Prints Available, Benefit Freeport Art Museum


The painting at the heart of the Strong Women, Strong Communities celebration is available in a limited-edition, archival quality print, with all proceeds benefiting the Freeport Art Museum.

The painting, a 30x40 oil-on-canvas work created by Florence Furst in 1944, depicts Marie R. Hull canning peaches at her home in Freeport. Marie's husband, John. M. Hull, Sr., was credit manager at Furst-McNess, an agricultural company in Freeport started in 1908 by Frank E. Furst (the artist's husband) and Frederick W. McNess. Marie was a proofreader for The Journal-Standard.

Limited-edition, archival-quality prints of Home Defense are available for $50 at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Avenue in Freeport. Printing was provided courtesy of FHN, so all proceeds benefit the Museum. Through this contribution and sponsorship of the exhibit, FHN pays tribute to the exceptional contributions of women throughout the communities of northwest Illinois is the arts, business, education, healthcare, and, of course, in the home.

Strong Women, Strong Communities is a month-long celebration of local women and home arts sponsored by FHN, the Freeport Art Museum, University of Illinois Extension, Freeport Public Library, and the Stephenson County Historical Society. These events have been inspired by the painting Home Defense by Freeport artist Florence Furst, which is a work in the permanent collection at the Freeport Art Museum. It is also part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Peoria Riverfront Museum called Making Their Mark - Illinois Women Artists 1940-1960, sponsored by FHN and being exhibited at the Freeport Art Museum through May 7.