July 14--GREENCASTLE -- A rare painting by Mark Twain Noe will be on display in Greencastle.
Brad Smith, an art collector and owner of BBS Jewelers in Greencastle, plans to begin showing the work at his store beginning Tuesday.
Smith acquired "Shank Residence" at a recent auction. He said he was drawn to it mostly because of the artist, but also because of the local subject matter.
"It's beautiful. It's in his style," Smith said. "I like it because it's local. It's Greencastle. The house is still in existence. It doesn't look the same today, but it's remarkable workmanship."
He hasn't ruled out selling the 45-by-33-inch signed oil painting, but his immediate plans are to display it in his shop.
"I love art. I don't mind if someone offered me a price, but it's mostly on display for the public," Smith said.
Smith is not sure how much the painting is worth. He said prints of Noe's work can sell for $100 to $200, but original oil paintings by him are extremely rare.
Noe, an award winning artist known for his wildlife paintings, passed away in 2012 at his home in Fulton County.
An Arkansas native, he was inspired by the natural beauty that surrounded his home. After serving in the Army, he studied at the National Academy of Art in Washington, D.C., and went on to lead a successful career as an industrial and advertising artist.
Noe received numerous awards with the National Wildlife Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited and his work "The Ancient Ones" was selected for the National Arts for the Parks and displayed at the Smithsonian.
In 1980, he was commissioned by the First National Bank of Greencastle for a series of historical paintings.
Marcus Rauhut can be reached at 262-4752.
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