The DeWitt Center at George Owens Nature Park has a special display this month, as it hosts the Independence Art Association's annual Robert Tindall Scholarship & Art Show beginning today.
Works from Tindall and other area artists will be on display through March 30, 8:30 a.m. tp 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the DeWitt Center. George Owens Nature Park and is at 1601 Speck Road, north of 23rd Street and across from the Independence middle school campus. Some original works by area artists will be for sale, as will prints of some of Tindall's work. Proceeds benefit the Art Association's scholarship fund in Tindall's name.
Tindall, an Independence native and well-regarded artist whom nationally acclaimed Thomas Hart Benton considered his protege, won numerous awards and saw his work displayed in galleries and museums from Denver to New York, as well as the Truman White House. According to the IAA's website, Benton said that Tindall took up where he left off.
A single man and only child, Tindall willed his entire collection and copyrights to the IAA upon his death in 1983, directing that the collection be used to help fund scholarships a graduating Independence student with great art proficiency.
Art Association member Marcia Pugh said the group changes from year to year a couple of Tindall's original works to display, and about 10 other artists signed up to display works this year, though some years they've had much more. One of the works this year is from the paintings he made experimenting with egg tempera – egg mixed with the various colors to create a glossy effect.
“Sometimes a relative of his or someone who had a Tindall original will stop in, and they want to donate a painting to us,” Pugh said. “This show opens up (avenues to us). It reminds people of his work.”
Pugh said the group has run out of some prints of certain Tindall works.
An open house is 1 to 4 p.m. March 16, during which artists will be available to discuss their work and that of Tindall. For more information about the art show, call 816-325-7951 or go to www.independenceartassociation.org.