Rutland’s Osher Lifelong Learning Lectures Continue
The Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute promotes continuing education for residents 50 and over. On Friday, March 7, Margaret Creed Barrows, executive director of the Rutland Area Art Association, will discuss George Thrall Chaffee and his elegant building, built between 1892 and 1920, the renovations being completed under a Save America’s Treasures grant, and the Chaffee’s expansion into downtown Rutland.Friday, March 14, learn about Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Muralists with art historian Bob Manning. His lecture will look at the works of Frida Kahlo and her contemporaries, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, who produced powerful public murals that focused on Mexican tradition and celebrated the triumph of that country’s revolution.Friday, March 21, Manning will discuss Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, highlighted with excerpts from written journals and a slide show of their respective works. Friday, March 28, Learn about ‘The WPA: The Depression and Great Art,’ with Dr. William Tortolano, who will look at the government program Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated during the Depression to put people to work, including many artists. This highly creative period gave rise to countless magnificent works – some of which have since been destroyed by new construction. Many still miraculously exist, and will be be highlighted with slides and music. Lectures are 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, off Woodstock Avenue, in Rutland. For directions or program information call 802-446-2041 or 802-492-2300.