The work of famed Iowa artist Grant Wood will be celebrated tomorrow (Sunday) in the Jones County town where he held his summer “art colony” for his art students some seven decades ago. Cecilia Hatcher, of Anamosa, is organizing the annual Grant Wood Art Festival in the tiny nearby community of Stone City.Wood is perhaps best known for his “American Gothic” painting, which is said to be the most-parodied painting in the world, beating out even the “Mona Lisa.” Hatcher says the festival will feature some 45 artists, working in all sorts of media.Their works are: paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, stone, metal, glass and wood. Hatcher says it’s her job to line up original Grant Wood works for the annual festival, and she says this year she’s hit gold for the special exhibit. She’s obtained at least twelve Grant Wood originals that will be on display under armed guard. For more information on the festival, call 800 280-0773 or surf to “www.grantwoodartfestival.org”.
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