Library hosts Grandma Moses program

Nancy Sorrells poses for a photo with a cut-out of folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses, aka, "Grandma Moses," at a library program recently. ​Photo courtesy Karen Whetzel

The New Market Area Library hosted a presentation recently of the work of folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses – “Grandma Moses” – and her connection to the Shenandoah Valley.

Historian Nancy Sorrells shared what she learned from researching Grandma Moses, telling of the artist’s work and life with her husband Thomas during their 18 years in Augusta County, beginning in 1887. There they farmed and became entrepreneurs to make ends meet.

Grandma Moses was earlier known for her Yankee butter, but then began painting when she turned 70. Without any previous instruction, she began recording the rural American life she loved. Her paintings took America by storm in the 1940s and 50s, depicting scenes from nearly two decades of her life in the Shenandoah Valley.

The library’s next program will be at 3 p.m. May 21 and will feature Michael Signer talking about his book, “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father.”