“I’ll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I’d like to.” ~ Norman Rockwell
The familiar art that graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly 50 years is being exhibited at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. The exhibit, paid for by the museum’s mineral lease funds, has brought 323 original tear sheets of Norman Rockwell art to the museum and also Rockwell’s original painting “Spirit of Education.”
Rockwell’s enchanting art captures everyday life in small towns featuring the “locals,” the backbone of community. A prolific painter and illustrator, Rockwell’s images were published in more than 40 books throughout his lifetime.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts is now the home to Norman Rockwell’s art. Years ago it was also housed in a church on Main Street in Arlington,Vermont, the place where Rockwell most frequently found his subjects to paint and illustrate.
Some of the museum’s docents were Norman Rockwell models,we discovered, when I took my son as an elementary school student to see the art. We came home with a great memento of our fulfilling visit; a postcard image of the Rockwell museum docent as a young girl, captured in one of Rockwell’s illustrations. Graciously, she signed the postcard for us.
The Rockwell exhibit infrequently makes it’s way westward, so if you are within driving distance of the Museum of Northwest Colorado http://bit.ly/Kh6q5u take the opportunity to visit this art collection of iconic Americana. A great exhibit for the whole family to see; free to the public and on display until September 28th at 590 Yampa Avenue in Craig, Colorado. Don’t miss out!
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