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Tilly Pommering & the Chancellor Family:
An exhibition in celebration of the 10th anniversary
of the renaming of the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery
I never tire of telling the story of how Jane and I decided to open a gallery on a
whim,with no prior experience. Nevertheless, in no time it became obvious that Jane
had an eye and flair for installation, and she quickly took on the role of curator of
what was first called the Broadstone Gallery @ KECU. Long-time credit union staff still
recall being amused by watching us install shows in the early years, me pacing and
watching the clock while Jane oh-so-slowly and methodically decided where each
piece should go, teaching me the difference a "nudge" one way or the other could
make in the final presentation.

Unfortunately Jane died far too young, and in her honor and in recognition of the work
she had done, the KECU board named the gallery for her in July 2010.

This summer, to mark the 10th anniversary of our renaming, it seemed appropriate to
offer an exhibition of works associated with Jane's family. Among my favorite
possessions that Jane passed on to me are these paintings by Tilly Pommering, along
with works by Jane's sister Ann, who also died far too early.  As we begin to emerge
from the pandemic, it is my privilege to exhibit these works publicly for the first time.

                                                  Larry W. Moore, curator
Curator's Statement
Tilly Pommering was an
artist and art teacher who was
active in Frankfort during the
middle of the 20th century.  She
has a special relationship to the
JCM Gallery – indeed it might be
said the gallery would not have
existed without her.

Tilly and her husband Albert ran a
boarding house for women in
downtown Frankfort during the
years immediately before and
during World War II, when many
single young women were coming
to town to work for an expanding
state government. One of their
tenants was Sarah Layman, who
came here from Elizabethtown,
and worked in a prominent local
law office. Here she met and fell
in love with Chat Chancellor, who
had come to Frankfort from
Breckinridge County to work for
state government, and the two of
them were married in the parlor of
the Pommering house on Logan
Ann received her first art lessons from
Tilly Pommering, and went on to
study at William & Mary (BA) and
Boston College (MA).  She was active
as an artist, theatre designer, and
professor in Iowa, New Orleans, New
York state, and Minnesota.

The influence of her first teacher is
most apparent in her portrait work,
of which she made very few.  
Exhibited here is a portrait of her
uncle James Louis Chancellor, a
prominent businessman from
Breckinridge County who worked in
the rubber industry in Liberia and
Akron OH before retiring to Florida.
This acrylic on board work is circa
Tilly Pommering
Portrait of Sarah Layman Chancellor
(Mother of Jane Chancellor)
Oil on board
circa 1950
The Chancellors (who were one of
the first pair of married attorneys in
Kentucky) had two daughters:  Ann
Layman Chancellor and Jane Drury
Chancellor.  Both girls studied art
under their “Aunt Tilly.”  Ann went
on to become an artist, theatre
designer, and art professor, and some
examples of her work are included in
this show. Jane, of course, went on
to help found and curate this gallery
that now bears her name.

The Chancellors and Pommerings
remained close, and Tilly painted
several works associated with the
Chancellor family that are on exhibit
here. I am privileged to have them as
memories of a special family, and am
pleased to offer them for public
exhibition for the first time.

(If anyone is aware of other Tilly
Pommering paintings that survive in
this community, I would very much
like to know.)

                    Larry W. Moore
Tilly Pommering
Portrait of Jane Chancellor
Oil on board

Jane was 12 at the time of this
Tilly Pommering
Still Life
Oil on board

The setting for this painting was the dining room of the
Chancellor home on Lily Street, and the pitcher and brass pot in
the painting are on the table below the painting, visible in the
photo at the top.
"Chance" was better known for her
theatrical designs and for fantasy works
(she was very active in the SciFi
convention scene), represented here by
an intricate pen & ink work from 1978
that was her signature medium and style.