It pays to have talent in your gene pool. And 2021 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jolie Humphrey tapped that element in her family to support the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s fundraiser on Thursday, April 15. Her mom is well-known artist Barbara Elam, whose work has been “included in over 250 national exhibits and a few international exhibits,” as well as being displayed in museums and university collections including Harvard’s The Fogg Museum, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her talent has not been limited to creating art, but she has also served as Professor Emeritus of Art at Rockford College and DePauw University and as a past Bunting Institute Fellow of Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she was an artist in residence.
Jolie managed to have her mom design 2021 Mad Hatter’s signature “Out of Africa Into The Garden” artwork.
The colorful design was such a hit that Jolie arranged for Barbara to expand the original artwork to include magnificent savannahs, rain forests and coastal areas with bold colorful blooms, exotic plants and rare species native to the continent for a commemorative 40” by 40” silk scarf with hand-rolled hem to benefit the Auxiliary’s project of A Woman’s Garden and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
The limited edition scarves are going for $185 here and will be ready for distribution on Thursday, April 8, just in time for the Mad Hatter’s Tea afternoon get-together.