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New painting unveiled on Chapel anniversary

Thanks to a donation from former Regent Nancy Painter Paup and her husband, Ted, TWU has a new painting commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Little-Chapel-in-the-Woods. TWU celebrated the anniversary at events on Nov. 1.

Margie Crisp, a Texas-based artist, created the art which represents the history and beauty of the chapel rather than a direct reproduction of the building. The painting will hang on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library.

Donors and alumni were invited to a special luncheon where the painting was revealed. George Hubbard, son of former Texas Woman’s president L.H. Hubbard, attended the luncheon along with his wife, Sue. Dr. L.H. Hubbard was the man who launched the chapel project. Dr. Hubbard’s likeness is seen in the new painting as a section of a stained glass window.

The painting also depicts First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who dedicated the chapel when it opened, and Dorothy “Toni” LaSelle, who directed the Chapel Arts Project.

At the commemoration event, Chancellor Carine Feyten said, “On this day 80 years ago, addressing the crowds [at the building dedication], Mrs. Roosevelt encouraged the community to think of the space as a place for peace and reflection, commenting that ‘today many of us look at the world and wonder what is going to happen next.’ I like to think that all this time later, the chapel remains a place on our campus and in our community that inspires the same sense of contemplation and comfort during times of uncertainty or unease.”