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Odeon's Artist Series Features Andrew Wyeth
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 • Posted January 25, 2012

On January 31, the Odeon Preservation Association will proudly sponsor the fourth and final segment of its four-part Artist Series, a presentation on the renowned American artist, Andrew Wyeth. The presentation will consist of a comprehensive biographical sketch, numerous examples of the artist’s work (projected on the theater’s screen), and a critical discussion of selected pieces. Previous segments in the series featured artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Charlie Russell, and Grandma Moses. Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) came from a prominent family of artists. Although he never attended a public school, as a child Wyeth’s artistic skills and interests were constantly promoted at home. Following the trauma of his father’s untimely death, Wyeth began viewing his small town neighbors and their everyday surroundings differently, and they became the subjects for his highly realistic, symbolic, and emotionally expressive paintings. In 2007, two years before his own death at age 91, Wyeth was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush.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 final “Artist Series” event will be held on Tuesday evening (Jan. 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 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. An 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 student Pass may be purchased for $15 for the entire art series. Tickets will be available at the Odeon Box office prior to the event or purchased in advance from Cocoa Luna and the Mason Chamber of Commerce on January 2, 2012. All proceeds from the series are to benefit the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the Odeon Theater.

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