Bovina Historical Society hosts art by Hugh Lee

Bovina — The Bovina Historical Society (BHS) will present “Studies and Paintings by Hugh Lee” on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bovina Community Hall.  A free will donation is requested at the door, all proceeds will benefit the BHS.

Hugh Lee, a retired professor from SUNY Delhi and a longtime resident of Bovina, is generously sharing paintings and studies of a number of his works that have not been seen in some time.  A native of Ashland in Greene County and a World War II veteran, Lee took advantage of funding from the GI bill to attend art school.  He spent the next three years attending the Franklin School of Profession Art in New York City.  It was at his first job after finishing art school, while working for the Passsantina Lithograph Company, that he met his wife Pat, who was a bookkeeper there. 

Hugh and Pat married and not many years later he was an art director at an ad agency, working on big, national accounts such as Pepsi Cola – one of his paintings from this time period will be in the show.  With his family growing, he decided that he wanted to leave the New York City area. 
He moved to Bovina Center in 1972 to take a job at SUNY Delhi, where he found both SUNY Delhi and Bovina to be a good fit for him and his family.  Hugh was active in a number of organizations in and around Bovina.  He was a member of the Delhi Art Group, served as the first President of the BHS and sat on the Bovina Library Board.  He also was the Bovina Town Historian.
Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to see works by one of Bovina’s treasured citizens.

For more information, contact Donna Bray at 607 832-4552 or at