National Grandma Moses Day:
Celebrated on September 7th every year. The day is to honor Anna Mary Robertson Moses fondly called as Grandma Moses, an American Folk artist.
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Why Grandma Moses Day?
The day is to honor Anna Mary Robertson Moses fondly called as Grandma Moses, an American Folk artist. She is quoted as a most successful personality in the field of art. Her paintings were extremely popular not only in the United States, but also in other countries where the business merchants used her paintings on greeting cards and invitation.
Her artworks are exhibited in many museums throughout the United States and one of her famous paintings, “Sugaring Off’ was sold for a huge amount in the year 2006.she was awarded with two doctoral degrees. She depicted the rural life and people’s sufferings through her art that won her a great acclaim.
How we can Celebrate or Observe National Grandma Moses Day:
Enjoy by adoring her paintings and commemorate her extraordinary works. Post using this hashtag #GrandmaMosesday on the social media. Several exhibitions are held on behalf of this day where all her paintings are being exhibited .Mark your presence and explore more of her paintings. Actually, it is her birthday too. Celebrate her birthday anniversary in an artistic way.
Interesting Facts About Grandma Moses Day:
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses was born as Anna Mary Robertson to Margaret Shanahan Robertson and Russell King Robertson on September 7 in the year 1860. She has five brothers and four sisters and she was the third one.
- She attended a very small school in Vermont, which has become a museum that has the largest collection of her paintings. Grandma Moses in her early days, used to sew for wealthy families, one of those families discovered her interest in paintings and got her chalks and wax crayons that had led her to become a sole master in decorative arts.
- Later, she married “Thomas Salmon Moses”, become “Anna Mary Robertson Moses” when she was around 27 years old, and settle in Virginia where the couple spent over two decades.
- After her husband’s death in the year 1927, she moved to one of her daughter’s home and stayed with her. Later, Louis I. Caldor, who found her drawings in a window of a drugstore and made her paintings to be included in the art show conducted by the Museum of Modern Art and presented her as “Mrs. Moses”. One of the newspapers denoted her as “Grandma Moses” and the name continued till the last. By the year 1950, she became extremely famous and the exhibitions were flooded with people from all over the globe. She was cited as an ionic figure and a great inspiration to the women specially housewives.
- She was acclaimed as one of the five noteworthy women in the year 1950.At the age 83, she was proclaimed as the “Young Woman of the year”. In 1969, a stamp was issued with portraits of her by the United States of America. One of her notable paintings “Fourth of July” decorates the White house even today.
History of Grandma Moses Day:
Nelson Rockefeller, the then governor of New York, officially declared September 7 as Grandma Moses Day in the year 1960 to commemorate the works of Grandma Moses. From there on, it is considered as a national observance.