Senior Learners “Paris: In Search of Mary Cassatt”

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Posted August 21, 2020 |

Senior Learners, Inc. is temporarily transforming from classroom to offering interactive, summer courses online, through Zoom, for seniors age 50 or older.

Senior Learners will host “Paris: In Search of Mary Cassatt,” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m., online. Instructor Dr. Evelyn Kelly will discuss the unique place Mary Cassatt holds among American artists, both as a female painter and impressionist. Cassatt, the daughter of a wealthy banker, enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was disgusted with the narrow-mindedness and nastiness of the male students and faculty. Even her father said he would rather see her dead than become an artist.

So she left her native Pennsylvania and moved to Pairs. Her first painting, “The Mandolin Player,” was shown in a prestigious salon and caught the eye of Edgar Degas. He influenced her into trying the new and exciting style of impressionism.

The cost of the course is $2.50 and is open to the public 50 years of age or more.

Visit or call 352-239-8780 to learn more and register.

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