Manns to display artwork at AFB

Special to The State Journal Published:

The private collection of original late 19th century through contemporary artwork of Maria and Marvin Mann will be on display at the American Founders Bank Gallery, 210 Limestone St., March 9-21. An opening reception is planned for 2-4 p.m. March 9.

This collection includes such works as an original signed etching by Edouard Manet (1832-83), considered to be the godfather of modern art. A feature piece is an original pastel by Paulemile Pissarro titled Becours D Eau. Paulemile Pissarro (1884-1972) was the son of the famous Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and was well respected and collected in his own right.

The collection includes several original signed lithographic and woodblock prints by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, a favorite of the Manns. There are two gravures after original drawings by Pablo Picasso, and a drypoint etching, signed in the plate, by Pierro-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

The contemporary Israel artist, Itzchak Tarkey, is also a favorite of the Manns and this collection features a serigraph with original oil overpainting, as well as several signed serigraphs. A factory cast bronze by Pierre August Rodin (1841-1919), and a brass, wax cast by Dali round out the exhibition with sculptural work.

The Manns are active in several philanthropic interests in the Frankfort community and the opening reception will be an opportunity to raise money for the proposed Frankfort Womens Shelter. While admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to this cause is encouraged.

In addition, the Manns will make two to four original lithographic prints available for silent auction, proceeds going to the Womens Shelter. Dr. Jo Leadingham, retired art historian at Kentucky State, and Mrs. Mann will lead a gallery talk of the exhibition at 5 p.m. during the opening reception.

This exhibit is mounted in memory of Joshua Benjamin Mann, who shared his parents love and appreciation of art and was himself a promising artist. The exhibition was coordinated by the Art Area, KSU, through a grant from American Founders Bank.

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