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September 26, 2013

Art association prepares for Saturday show

From staff reports

The Mineral Wells Art Association will present its Featured Artists’ Show, Saturday, commemorating two late members – Freida Henson and Charles Roden.

Both artists passed away earlier this year – Henson, 79, on April 13, and Roden, 82, on Jan. 16. They are remembered for their love of visual art, namely painting, and each left behind numerous paintings.

Many of their works in Saturday’s Featured Artists’ Show will be for sale, with proceeds going to their respective families. Both Henson and Roden were survived by their respective spouses and children.

The show and sale takes place 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the American Legion, located at 75 American Legion Drive, adjacent to West City Park.

Roden

Roden, a civil engineer, worked for Cantex, followed by Perry Equipment Corporation, from which he eventually retired. He loved the arts and was a proficient painter. He served as a president of the Mineral Wells Art Association, and was proud of the association’s work for young and seasoned artists in the Mineral Wells area.

Roden, a self-taught artist, was noted mostly for his work in watercolors and occasionally oils, his subjects varying between landscape, still life, scenic and florals.

Henson

Born in California, Henson told the Index in 2007 that she moved to Texas as a young child and recalled her earliest classes stressed creativity in art.

In Fort Worth, she had the opportunity to learn from the painter Bror Utter, well known for his geometric abstraction.

In 1961 Henson and her husband, Robert, moved to Mineral Wells. In May of 1967, Freida Henson helped form the Mineral Wells Art Association. Until this April, she was last surviving founding member of the organization, for which she served seven terms as president.

For more information on the show, contact MWAA President Becky Hott at 940-452-3431 or via email at rhott3@yahoo.com.

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