HERRIN -- The entire inventory of oil paintings by the late Johnnie B. Hennig has been made available to the public through a silent auction at Hartley Art Gallery, 100 S. Park Ave., in Herrin. A closing reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the gallery.
Hennig (1906-2003) was the wife of Dr. Ernst Hennig, a physician and surgeon who practiced in Herrin for 47 years.
She was born in Carbon Hill, Alabama, and exuded Southern grace and charm. She worked in her husband's practice for 20 years.
After retirement, Hennig took art lessons from Herrin artist Opal Maynard and became a noted local artist herself for oil-on-canvas landscapes. Custom-made gilded frames frequently adorned her paintings.
Hennig was a member of Herrin Women's Club for more than 50 years. In 1999, the club made her its honoree of the year. Once a year, she hosted a club meeting in her home at 817 N. 12th St., which longtime friend Emalene Wilcox remembers well.
"She made the meetings so special you would think you had attended the social event of the season," Wilcox said.
Hennig's daughter, Julia, an accomplished concert pianist, died earlier this year, and, through her estate, these paintings have been made available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Herrin Area Historical Society.
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