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M. L. Moseman

The Muchnic Gallery at 704 North Fourth in Atchison, Kansas is currently featuring artist M. L. Moseman, an Agrarian artist who captures the essence of hard working America. When his parents became victims of the 1980’s Farm Crises, Moseman vowed he would never let America forget the significance of the hard working farmer. Twenty years later, the Kansas City artist kept his promise by keeping part of American culture alive. His vibrant pastel paintings celebrate the everyday lives of Midwest framers. “Growing up on a Nebraska farm, I came to appreciate hardworking self-reliant people who respected the plant and animal life. As few artists have this kind of first hand experience, I'm compelled to capture the images in my mind and express my deep inner feelings about it,” says Moseman.
And what Moseman captures apparently appeals to many. His work has been featured in Art Business News, International Artist, and was the cover feature of Nebraska Life. His work can also be found in The Best Of Portrait Painting, American Artist and Realism Today.
 

Not bad for someone who only dabbled in art his entire life. In fact, the bulk of his accomplishments have taken place within the past three years, including winning 20 awards in more than 30 exhibits across the nation from New York to San Francisco.
Attending a one-room schoolhouse, working on a farm and constantly reminded there was no future in his hobby of art, Moseman went to college and studied architecture. He spent 25 years in urban design and development, eventually becomeing the Chief of Planning for Housing and Community Development in Kansas City, Mo. And even though his career was enjoyable, there was a nagging desire to paint.
So seven years ago, following the advice and encouragement from his wife, he resigned his position (forfeiting a retirement pension and security if a salary) and began to paint in the attic turned studio of his inner city home. Moseman initiated a new phase of his life. At age 49, he started his unusual career as an agrarian painter (one of only two recognized in the nation) capturing the farmer, a species he believes in endangered. Most of the scenes depicted in Moseman’s paintings are from real life. “I work to portray the essence of hard working, heroic people, the people who carried America on their backs,“ says Moseman.
 
The artist will greet guests and speak about his work at an artist’s reception on March 1 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the Gallery. Celebrated area guitarist, Jason Riley will provide the musical setting for this gala reception. This event is free and open to the public. The Muchnic Gallery is located in an ornate Victorian Mansion that features intricate woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows. The first floor of the mansion is furnished as a show home and the Gallery space is on the second floor. The mansion was built in 1885 and features intricate woodwork, detailed parquet floors, hand tooled leather, beautiful stained glass windows and opulent furnishings. It has 14 rooms in three stories and is designed in the Shaw-Nesfield style with charming eyebrow windows high on the roofline and unusual balconies including a widow’s walk. Moseman’s exhibition will be at the Muchnic through April 21. Gallery Hours are Wednesday 10-5 and Saturday and Sunday 1-5.


This exhibition is sponsored by the Atchison Art Association, a not for profit organization that not only maintains the Gallery exhibition spaces, but hosts art related social and educational activities throughout the year. If you would like membership information, have questions regarding this exhibition, would like to schedule a tour of the Muchnic Gallery or plan a luncheon or special event, please contact Gloria Davis, Executive Director of the Atchison Art Association at 913-367-4ART, Fax 913-367-2939, e-mail atchart@ponyexpress.net or visit our web page at atchison-art.org.

Note To Media:
For slides or additional photos of Moseman’s work please call Mark Moseman at 816-753-2875.
The media is invited to visit with Moseman in his Kansas City home and studio gallery. Moseman’s home was included on a Homes Tour hosted by the American Institute of Architects, it makes for a wonderful backdrop for photo opportunities.
To set up an interview or a time-slot on a gust feature segment please call Gloria Davis 913-367-4278, or you may call Mark Moseman @8165-p753-2875.

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(Image Gallery of M. L. Moseman)

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