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Odeon's Artists Series Features Georgia O'Keefe
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • Posted January 4, 2012

On Tuesday, January 10, the Odeon Preservation Association will proudly sponsor the first segment in its four-part Artist Series, a presentation on the ever popular American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. The remaining three presentations in the series will feature Charlie Russell (Jan. 17), Grandma Moses (Jan. 24), and Andrew Wyeth (Jan. 31). All presentations will consist of a comprehensive biographical sketch, numerous examples of the artist’s work (projected on the theater’s screen), along with a critical discussion of selected pieces. Famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) first fell in love with life on “the plains” after teaching school in Amarillo for several years and, subsequently, never could get the experience out of her system until she finally left New York and moved back west. Her Southwestern art is testimony to a love for her stark surroundings in New Mexico and the western lifestyle. However, contrary to popular belief, O’Keeffe was not a hermit in her later years, but a world traveler. During the last ten years of her life, she lost most of her eyesight to macular degeneration but continued, as best she could (with assistance), to produce art. Presenter for the evening will be Dr. Robin E. Clark, a Mason resident for the past six years. She holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Texas Tech University), a program of study in Art, Music, Theater, and Philosophy, including an added emphasis in Educational Psychology. Robin, a charter member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country, has maintained an active exhibition record for over 30 years, featuring her award-winning artwork. She is an avid researcher, published author, international public speaker, and enthusiastic arts advocate. In addition to producing and exhibiting her own artwork, Robin selectively conducts art workshops, makes art history presentations, curates exhibitions, and judges art competitions throughout the state. All “Artist Series” events will be held on Tuesday evenings (Jan. 10-31) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Odeon, in order to prevent disruption of the theater’s weekend movie schedule. Format for each of the events will consist of an hour of presentation, a half hour break (with light refreshments), and a half hour of wrap-up, including a time for questions and answers. A charge of $10 per person/per event will apply. If purchasing in advance for all four events (on or before January 17), a transferable pass will be available for the reduced price of $35. Student tickets (ages 16 and older) will also be available for purchase at $5 per person/per event or a transferable pass for the reduced price of $15 per person. Tickets will be for sale at the Odeon Box office before each event or can be purchased at Cocoa Luna and the Mason Chamber of Commerce starting January 2, 2012. All proceeds from the series are to benefit the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the Odeon Theater.

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