Paintings by Rosie Freeman to be on display at Ozarks Medical Center
Everyone invited to Reception Monday, October 1
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is hosting an art reception on Monday, October
1 at 11:00 a.m. in the main lobby. Everyone is invited to attend.
“Mills of the Ozarks,” featuring the works of artist Rosie
Augusta Grandt Freeman, will be on display in the main lobby of OMC. The
original paintings of Turner Mill, Hodgson Mill, Dawt Mill, Greer Mill,
Alley Spring Mill, and a winter barn scene have been loaned to OMC by
Rosie and her family.
Rosie’s artistic talent came to her through her father and grandfather
who immigrated to the United States in the mid 1920s. Both were artists
in Germany using multiple mediums. As a child, Rosie was surrounded by
creative and artistic influences.
In her early 1920s, Rosie was poised to travel to Europe to continue her
artistic studies but after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute
and working for Hallmark Cards, fate played its hand. She met the love
her life, whom she married and settled with in her new home in Oregon
County, Missouri. Deep in the Ozarks, in the town of Thayer, Missouri,
she continued to see everything with an artist’s eye, and her talent
flourished. As she was a bit bohemian for this part of the country, folks
raised an eyebrow or two seeing her barefoot, in jeans, sitting near the
railroad track sketching the trains that ran through the community. Everything
was a magical opportunity to paint.
Rosie’s reputation grew and so did the respect she garnered in the
community and surrounding area. Although she did not seek a commercial
outlet for her art, she was generous with gifts for so many individuals.
She was active in many community activities, creating flyers, posters,
and logos over the years that promoted school and community events with
professional and creative visual approaches. Her love of art is pure and
grounded in self-expression.
In May, 2018, Rosie relocated from her Oregon County home in Missouri to
another Oregon in beautiful Hood River. The relocation process presented
an unexpected opportunity to grasp the scope and talent of her art collection.
The paintings on display were painted in the late 1960s to early 1970s.
The canvases were mounted on Rosie’s dining room walls and remained
there until recently when her children, Patrick and Christine removed
them. The paintings were cleaned and restored and have been framed for
everyone who visits OMC to enjoy.
For more information about the reception, contact OMC Marketing and Public
Relations Department at 417-257-6735.