Friday, September 21, 2018


The Anna Bier Gallery will present Darke County’s historical editorial and political cartoon artist, Paul Ackley, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, September 22nd 2018; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m. Enjoy a stroll down memory lane through a collection of many of Ackley’s cartoons over the years. A featured piece, drawn in the streets of Chicago, depicts a day in the life of an elderly homeless woman and a child. The young girl utilizes a paper bag to protect her head from the Windy City, smiling and holding tight to the front of the shopping cart, like Kate Winslet on the Titanic. She does not know her suffering and embraces the joy of her life in that moment. This piece and many others reflect Ackley’s bold interpretation of local and national issues, offering us an invitation to think. This is the beauty of art.

Born into the tribe of the Sokaogan Chippewa Community of Northern Wisconsin, Ackley is a product of two artistic parents and has been drawing since he can remember. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago and had his first editorial cartoon published in 1978. Since then Ackley’s cartoons have been published by The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird and The Dayton City Paper. He has earned five Associated Press Awards and has been commissioned for countless works, one of which is hanging in the office of the Pentagon, and another in the home of Senator John Boehner.

This exhibit will run through October 6th, 2018. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members and sponsors. We thank them. All exhibits are free to the public. The Gallery will be open every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, at 937-564-5863 to visit the gallery or for any questions. You may also visit us on Facebook for more information.

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