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Odeon's Artist Series Features Grandma Moses
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 • Posted January 18, 2012

On January 24, the Odeon Preservation Association will proudly sponsor the third segment of its four-part Artist Series, a presentation on the truly amazing American artist, Grandma Moses. The fourth and final segment of the series (on January 31) will feature Andrew Wyeth. 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. Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961), better known as Grandma Moses, began seriously painting while in her seventies. Although self-taught (she had no formal schooling in art), she had always had a knack for decorating objects around her home. Moses painted in what is called a “primitive,” folk art style, featuring a simple, childlike portrayal of everyday people and events. A friend of Norman Rockwell, Moses captured in paint a happier way of life in rural America that today is rapidly being lost. Traveling exhibitions of her work have been displayed by major museums all over the world. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million dollars, her highest-selling work to date. 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 third “Artist Series” event will be held on Tuesday evening (Jan. 24) 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 event 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 Adult Pass may be purchased for $35 for the entire art series. Student tickets (ages 16 and older) will also be available for purchase at $5 per person. A transferable Student Pass may be purchased for $15 for the entire art series. Tickets are available at the Odeon Box office prior to each event or purchased in advance 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.

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