Filson Honors Artist Mary Cobb

| December 23, 2010
Mary Cobb is introduced by Filson director Mark Wetherington at right.

Mary Cobb is introduced by Filson director Mark Wetherington at right.

Kentucky portrait artist Mary Cobb was celebrated by the Filson Historical Society on Dec. 15,  in honor of the publication of “Waiting and Being,” a collection of her sketches accompanied by essays from friends here in Louisville.

Judy Miller, event chair, introduced Mark Wetherington, the Filson director, who spoke at great length of Mary’s importance as an artist and as a member of the community. Much of her work is archived at the Filson.

Madison Cawein, a native Kentucky artist recently returned from Santa Fe, spoke lovingly of Mary’s work.,  He held up the cover of her book and of a book of Rembrandt sketches, illustrating their striking similarities.

When Madison had shown the Rembrandt cover to Mary earlier, she glanced down and remarked, “I can’t think when I did that drawing!”

Gray Henry, director of Fons Vitae Publishing, the book’s publisher, told how the volume came to be.,  Mary and Gray are alumnae of Sarah Lawrence and longtime friends.

Mary was concerned that her large collection of sketches might not be appreciated, and so the idea of the book sprang into being.,  Each section is opened by a contribution by friends such as Anne Ogden, Helen Hammon Jones, the Rev. Al Shands, the Rev. Georgine Buckwalter, Sue Speed and Sarah McNeal Few.

Other friends also spoke: Tom Pike, Babs Hardy and Neville Blakemore, as well as Mary’s daughter, Louise.,  The evening was a stellar celebration of Mary’s extraordinary life.,  The 150 guests enjoyed a wonderful table of holiday delights.,  Mary enjoyed seeing countless friends, who came to have her sign a copy of her book.

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