FRANKFORT, Ind. — The Friends of the Frankfort Library will host an exhibition of art by the late Purdue Professor, Bob Reed. The exhibition, “Bob Reed – Not Prints” will open on Sunday, December 6 with a reception in the Anna and Harlan Hubbard Gallery from 1-5pm.
Reed, a professor of printmaking and drawing for nearly 30 years, was a prolific painter as well as a printmaker. Favorite subject matter included riverbanks, trees and rocks. The Wabash River and Lafayette landscapes did not escape Reed’s artistic field of vision. Although the style may vary from realistic to abstract to surreal, the works bear the marks of a dedicated artist exploring the nuances of the medium and the rugged beauty of the subject matter. Over 50 paintings will be on exhibit. Most will be for sale, including works in oils, acrylics, watercolor and gouache.
In conjunction with the opening reception for Reed’s exhibition, Indiana author and recently retired Distinguished Professor of English from Indiana University, Scott Russell Sanders will present a reading from his latest title, “A Conservationist Manifesto” on Sunday, December 6 at 2pm in the Elizabeth O’Rear Skanta Theatre, Frankfort Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.
“A Conservationist Manifesto” delves into the issues of consumerism and explores ways of moving from consuming to ways of conserving and preserving resources for future generations. Sanders speaks of how it is vital to recover a sense of place, and that genuine security begins with membership in a loving community able to meet basic needs with local resources. He examines specific problems, and then illuminates alternative choices which may lighten the burden on the earth. Sanders explains, “A Conservationist Manifesto envisions a path toward a materially simpler and spiritually richer way of life.”
There are no university rivalries evident in this pairing. Sanders’ words and Reed’s paintings fit together like two old friends. Reed’s deft handling of nature in the landscape makes visible Sanders’ meditations on the natural world in need of our care and protection.
The reception, reading, book signing and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Reed’s exhibit will remain on display through January 22, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm; evenings and weekends by appointment. For further information call 765-654-8746 or visit http://fcpl.accs.net.
Exhibitions at the Frankfort Library are sponsored by the Friends of the Frankfort Library and made possible in part by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Nancy N. Fullerton Fund for the Anna and Harlan Hubbard School of Living.