Illustrator Alice Barber Stephens was the Norman Rockwell of her time, rising to the top of her field as creator of artwork for magazines and books.
On Sunday, April 10, Rose Valley resident Sue Keilbaugh will deliver a lecture on the precocious and prodigious artist, who lived and worked in Rose Valley for nearly 30 years. The lecture will be given in at Stephens’s former home, Thunderbird Lodge, 41 Rose Valley Road, in the very studio used by Stephens during her later career.
Stephens created art for magazines such as Scribner’s, Ladies Home Journal, and Harper’s. She also illustrated editions of books by Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Eliot, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Thunderbird Lodge, the home she shared with husband Charles Stephens, was once a stone barn before its conversion by William Price into a dwelling with studios for Alice and Charles. Thunderbird Lodge was recently acquired by the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society, and is the location of its planned museum of the town’s arts, crafts and history.
Tickets are $20 per person ($15 for RVMHS members), at the door. Reservations are suggested. Information is at rosevalleymuseum.org and (610) 627-1210.