Wednesday, May 09, 2007

John Ohler Presents Lincoln Carving to Library at OFTA

John Ohler a painter, designer, architect, carver, and a publisher of fine embroidery patterns (Puckerbrush Needlework Company), gave the program at the OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) meeting in the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL on Wednesday, May 9th. He displayed a full range of his work in several media and talked about his philosophy of art and the creative process. Ohler, who is seventy-nine years young and still going strong, graduated from Monmouth High School in 1947 and just received a Distinguished Service Award from the Monmouth-Roseville Public Schools. Well represented among the almost fifty people attending his talk were several members of his high school graduating class.

At the end of his remarks Ohler and his wife presented a carving of Abraham Lincoln to the Lincoln Collection at the Warren County Public Library. This collection of Lincoln books and memorabilia was started some years ago by Ralph Whiteman. The gift was formally accepted by Jan De Young, current President of the library board of directors.

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