It’s a collection that spans over the life of Ima Gem Queen, a lifelong Brownwood Art Association member who died in September 2011 at the age of 96.

“Very rarely does the public have the chance to view and purchase one’s life work,” BAA member Sandra Blasingame said. “This is truly a unique experience to view the art created over a lifetime by any artist.”

Blasingame along with BAA members Sandra McSwain, Judy Kirksey and Linda Eggleston put together the Ima Gem Queen exhibit that has been of display at the BAA Art Center, located at 215 Fisk. The members spent about the last four months preparing Queen’s pieces for the exhibit.

“We framed as many of the pieces as we could,” Blasingame said. “We had more than 122 paintings in the collection and only displayed about 90. As pieces are sold, we bring out more.”

Besides serving as president from 1979-1981, Queen was the Artist of the Year in 1989. She also held several positions within the BAA and enjoyed being the editor of the association’s newsletter — ‘The Palette Rag.’ Queen was a versatile artist who was proficient in oil, pastel and watercolor. She also studied with several well-known artists.

The BAA decided to add one more day to the Queen exhibit. Visitors’ last chances to see the exhibit are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to see her work,” Blasingame said. “We don’t get the opportunity to display such a large body of work by one artist. It’s a lifetime of work.”

For more information about the exhibit or the BAA, contact Melanie Naylor at (325) 647-8543 or