Barbara Hemphill, a 1964 graduate of Falls City High School, will share her story of the impact growing up in Falls City has on her life and her business, and to celebrate the power of “Together We Are Better” with the opening of the John Philip Falter Art Review Saturday, June 21, at the Stalder Art Gallery in the FC Library & Arts Center.
Barb is the daughter of the late Everett and Doris Frost. She will also be in Falls City the weekend of June 21 to celebrate the FCHS Alumni Weekend with the 50-year Class of 1964.
The library opens at 9 a.m., Barbara speaks at 10 and then follows with a tour of the Falter artwork. Cookies and lemonade will be served.
“My intention for the presentation would be as a ‘Thank you’ for the people who have already contributed to the John Philip Falter Museum thus far, and to encourage others to do the same,” Hemphill said.
The John Philip Falter Museum, to be located in the lobby of the former Richardson County Bank building at 17th and Stone Streets, is still in its fundraising stage, Chairperson Dobey Haws said, but with $80,000 donated as of June 1, is edging closer to its construction goal of $100,000.
“$100,000 is needed to renovate the space to museum standards and we hope to have $125,000 to cover operating costs for each of our first five years ($25,000/per),” Haws said. “Our opening date is the Christmas window opening downtown (Friday, Nov. 28).”
The project is certainly fortunate to have Barbara Hemphill’s enthusiastic support. Frequently referred to as “The Paper Tiger Lady,” she is a well-known author and expert in paper, information and time management, and work/life balance. Barbara’s books include Taming the Paper Tiger, Simplify Your Workday, Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever, and Organizing Paper @ Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest. She started her company in 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. As her business grew, so did her vision. She wanted to be able to offer others the same opportunity that she had: a business of their own that could provide a lucrative income with flexible hours, doing something they love.
Today, Productive Environment Institute includes a growing international team of Certified Productive Environment Specialists whose mission is helping clients eliminate physical, digital, emotional and spiritual clutter so everyone can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives.
Spanning a 35-year career on the cutting edge of what USA Today called a billion dollar industry, Barbara has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America, in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Guideposts magazine. She is past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India in the 1970’s, she adopted three children. In addition, her family includes two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and her beloved one-of-a-kind husband, Alfred Taylor, with whom she shares their own Productive Environment™ near Raleigh, NC.
John Philip Falter became a world renowned illustrator and historic painter, but never lost his love for Falls City. Following his death in Philadelphia in 1982, his studio and some of his paintings were donated to the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln. The NSHS is loaning the Falter Museum Committee his studio.
“Many thanks to the donors who have already given,” Haws said. “If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, which will help promote the arts in Falls City, your donation at this time would be very much appreciated.”