The Mankato Area Foundation, in partnership with the Blue Earth County Historical Society and the Nicollet County Historical Society, is pleased to announce that local towns and counties are declaring Saturday, June 26 Marian Anderson Day.
Anderson, who grew up in Nicollet and Madelia, died on January 26. His working life in the Mankato region has enriched all of our lives. Her paintings adorn the walls of homes and businesses in our communities, and her dedication to arts education has been demonstrated by the many school workshop visits she has made and the countless young lives she has touched. She dedicated her life to giving back to this region she called her home. Years ago, Marian made the decision to continue her philanthropic spirit well beyond her lifetime by appointing the Mankato Area Foundation as the beneficiary of her estate to create a fund that celebrates her dedication to this region and her dedication to the arts. .
Marian’s charitable legacy will be realized through the Mankato Area Foundation’s Marian Anderson Fund, which will focus its grants on Blue Earth and Nicollet counties. The fund will focus on promoting the arts and aesthetics by focusing the fund’s activity on visual arts and history. Through this ongoing activity, Marian Anderson will continue to enrich the local community and local life.
Known nationally and internationally for her oil paintings so exquisite in their detail that they border on photographic reality, Marian Anderson was revered by the professional recognition of her peers and a long list of awards from exhibitions in the world. renowned art and conservation organizations.
To commemorate Marian’s artistic talents and generosity, a bronze sculpture was purchased in her honor. The piece entitled “The world is her canvas” represents a young girl painting on her canvas. It will then become a permanent part of CityArt Mankato. The dedication will take place at 10:30 am on Saturday June 26.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., concurrent open houses will be held at the Mankato Area Foundation, the Blue Earth County Historical Society and the Nicollet County Historical Society. At each site, works of art by Marian Anderson will be on display as well as refreshments and entertainment.
Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the Mankato ArtWalk and have lunch at one of the many restaurants in downtown Mankato or St. Peter’s.
Marian is a self-taught and self-published artist. His first oil paintings were a discarded set, rescued from the city of Madelia landfill, and closest to any formal training was a three-day seminar at the Minneapolis School of Art, a gift from Madelia Rotary Club.
After high school, Marian came to Mankato where she held various jobs and painted whenever her free time allowed. In 1961, she became a full-time artist, selling portraits and animal paintings for $ 150 to $ 200 and attending art exhibitions across the country. His hard work has garnered numerous credits and awards, and his art has been exhibited in galleries and private art collections across the United States and abroad.
Marian’s paintings are oil on stretched canvas, as she loved the “feeling of life” under her brush. In 1980 Marian began offering limited edition prints of some of her paintings, each print numbered and signed by Marian. In 2010, she retired from painting and generously donated her art print business to the Blue Earth County Historical Society. The historical society now operates the Marian Anderson website, sells its limited edition prints, and responds to general inquiries.
To get to know Marian, just look at her works. There you will see the things that were most important to her: the joy on the faces of the children, the spirit of nature and the preservation and honor of the past.
The Blue Earth County Historical Society is the exclusive distributor of Marian Anderson Fine Art Prints. The Société historique gift shop offers a complete inventory of prints and cards. The Nicollet County Historical Society’s Treaty Center art collection includes some of Marian’s work and is on permanent display. In her field, Marian left her work to the care of the Mankato Region Foundation, where part of it is on permanent display.