Click below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with Director of Marshall Public Library Wicky Sleight.

Wicky Sleight

The Marshall Senior Center and Marshall Public Library are hosting a program on the famous Carrollton artist, Fred Geary on Wednesday, November 12th at the Senior Center. This will be the first in a monthly series of programs titled “The Curiosity Club” to be held on the second Wednesday at the Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan Street. Everyone is invited to the lunch at 12:00 noon or come for the program with dessert and coffee.

Karl Marxhausen, a Carrollton artist, will show and discuss examples of Geary’s woodcut art.

Geary, born in Clarence, Missouri in 1894, spent most of his life in Carrollton. He worked as a commercial artist for nearly 30 years at the Santa Fe Railroad’s Fred Harvey Company in Kansas City.  At the age of 35, he began experimenting with woodcuts, creating informal studios on the train and in his Carrollton home living room.  When he died, at age 52, his profile included 73 woodblock prints many of which illustrate Missouri history.  The State Historical Society of Missouri holds the nation’s largest collection of his original prints.

Marxhausen will bring woodblocks and invite everyone who wishes to make prints to take home. There will also be copies of “Fred Geary: Missouri Master of the Woodcut”, by Dr. Joan Stack and Jean Ann Ferguson, published by the State Historical Society, for sale.

The program begins at 1:00 P.M.