For years, the Independence Art Association displayed original paintings and sold prints of Robert Tindall as part of its annual Tindall Scholarship & Art Show at the DeWitt Center at George Owens Nature Park. This year, the park and art group decided to have a fuller Tindall display.
Instead of a few Tindall originals during the month-long art show in March, the Original Tindall Exhibit, the full available collection of paintings, will be on display at George Owens now through March 31, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Prints of several paintings, including the self-portrait, will be available for sale.
“That's the big difference; we wanted to bring them all out,” Jeff Umbreit, site manager at George Owens, said of the longer exhibit.
Tindall, an Independence native born in 1913 and a highly regarded artist whom the 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 Art Association's website, Benton said 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 for graduating Independence students with great art proficiency.
In all, 17 Tindall paintings are on display, with more to be framed for display, Art Association member Marcia Pugh said. The IAA has 16 of the paintings, and the others are borrowed.
Pugh and Umbreit said Tindall would have been well known among artists and in town while alive, but over time memories of him have perhaps faded, as he wasn't was well known at Benton.
Pugh said she appreciates Umbreit's suggestion and research for the full Tindall exhibit, as well as organizing the “Tindall Talks” – brief presentations by local artists about Tindall and his heritage. The first one is 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The others are at the same time, Jan. 18 and 22 and Feb. 12,15 and 26.
While prints will be available for sale (as well as some local artist works) in the March show, the IAA's collection of Tindall originals has not been up for sale.
“We need to have ours appraised and figure out what they're worth,” Pugh said.