June 15, 2012
Rosie the Riveter takes center stage on a cover Norman Rockwell painted for a 1943 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, shown here at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Tom Daly, curator of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will speak about the illustrator’s life and work at free presentations scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
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The images captured on the covers Norman Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post are more than mere paint on canvas. They are a record of a growing nation as it endured two wars, watched Charles Lindbergh take flight and entered the Civil Rights era, said Tom Daly, curator of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The images “really give us a pretty good view of the majority of the 1900s,” he said. Daly will offer presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., to give audience members a peek into the historical background of the artist’s work and his creative process. The presentations are free and are offered in conjunction with a temporary display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado showcasing all 323 covers Rockwell illustrated for The Saturday Evening Post.