Another great art lecture at Heard-Craig Hall by Annie Royer.
In addition to her 3 Master’s degrees from Yale which makes her an expert in the subject matter, Annie has a gift of making art and art history understandable and fun to those without her impressive credentials. Dressed in her boots and fringed camel suede jacket, she took on the persona of the West as we learned more about the great landscape painters who captured the “new” Western vistas of the 1860’s United States in a version that could be sold to their East coast audiences.
Our subject was Albert Bierstadt, someone I was not familiar with, who lived from 1830 until 1902. Google Bierstadt and take a look at his marvelous landscapes. Annie also showed us paintings done by Claude Lorrain, John Constable and Thomas Cole, who were all influences of Bierstadt. We learned that Thomas Cole always included a dead tree in his paintings as well as a live one, signifying the “cycle of life.”
Annie often shares insights coming from her pre-teen students, so her lectures are definitely all-inclusive. One art professional compared these free lectures to getting a Master’s degree in Art History. Annie is that good. Give them a try. The first Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30 at Heard-Craig Hall. You are welcome to bring your sack lunch, though most grab lunch on the square afterwards.
Linda Spina is a McKinney resident and on the McKinney Arts Commission.