On January 17, the Odeon Preservation Association will proudly sponsor the second segment of its four-part Artist Series, a presentation on the beloved American artist, Charles M. Russell. The two remaining presentations in the series will feature 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. Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), “the cowboy artist,” was a complete greenhorn when he first arrived in Montana and began his career as a youthful, not-so-successful, night-herder of sheep. Charlie, as he was known, appeared on the scene when the ways of the old west were beginning to yield to the ravages of modernization. Hating that fact, he captured (in his artwork and writings) as much as he could of life on the range as it was before the destructive advent of such things as fences and overpopulation. A gifted storyteller, it was often said that people would rather listen to him tell a tale than his friend, Will Rogers.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. This second “Artist Series” event will be held on Tuesday evening (Jan. 17) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Odeon, in order to prevent disruption of the theater’s weekend movie schedule. Format for 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 will apply. A transferable pass will be available for the entire series at $35 per adult. Student tickets (ages 16 and older) will also be available for purchase at $5 per person. A student pass will be available for the entire art series at $15.00 per student. Tickets may be purchased at the Odeon Box Office prior to the event or can be purchased in advanced from 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.