Annual art history luncheon to highlight life of Elizabeth “Grandma” Leighton – Muddy River News

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal Arts Council will present its ninth annual Art History Luncheon at noon on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main.

The Art History Lunch is a special event designed to fit into the work lunch while educating, enriching and engaging by focusing on a famous artist, painting or period of art.

Local artist and educator Pat Kearns will present a program on Elizabeth “Grandma” Leighton (1909-1993) after lunch. Layton’s story is a journey of depression, mental health and hope.

Leighton, a native of Wellsville, Kansas, did not begin painting until 1977, when, at the age of 68, he took a painting class at a local university. Her art helped her recover from severe depression caused by a battle with bipolar disorder. Her work dispels myths and misconceptions about old age as she explores a personally and unexpectedly painful subject that rejects the stereotypical image of the grandmother.

Leighton’s drawings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, as well as in more than 200 art museums and centers across the United States

A lunch menu completes the program. Chicken salad on homemade biscuit, caprese salad, pasta salad, key lime dessert and chocolate chip bread pudding will be served. Drinks will be provided.

The cost of the program and lunch is $20. Purchase tickets by Friday, September 2nd by calling 573-221-6545, stop by 105 S. Main or visit

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