Author to present program on naturalist and artist

New book features Gastonia native Ralph Ray, Jr.

ROCK HILL, SC – Learn about Gastonia native and artist Ralph Ray, Jr., at a program 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill.

Robert Tompkins, co-author of the new book “The Art and Life of Ralph Ray, Jr.,” will discuss the artist who has been compared to naturalist artists John James Audubon and Mark Catesby.

Ray graduated from Belmont Abbey College and studied at the Ringling Art School in Sarasota, Florida, and the Grand Central Art School in New York, New York. He died in 1952 at the age of 32.

The talk is a part of the Native Plant Series sponsored by the Culture & Heritage Museums and the South Carolina Native Plant Society. Future programs include “Early Naturalists of the Carolinas,” 7-8 p.m. February 16, and “Introduction to Native Plants,” 7-8 p.m. March 16.

Copies of Tompkins’s book will be available for purchase.

COST Free for Native Plant Society and CHM members; $5 for others

“The Life and Art of Ralph Ray, Jr.”
7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19
Museum of York County
4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC

The Culture & Heritage Museums is a linked system of cultural institutions in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, McCelvey Center, Museum of York County, the future museum on the Catawba River and the new children's museum in Old Town Rock Hill.