Robert Cook began his art adventure doing drawings for the Quincy Preserves House Tour. His son, Greg, had been doing the drawings prior to leaving for college.
Retired Illinois Appellate Judge, Robert Cook, will be the Featured Artist during Second Saturday at Gallery 310 in Hannibal on Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Cook began his art adventure doing drawings for the Quincy Preserves House Tour. His son, Greg, had been doing the drawings prior to leaving for college. With his departure, Bob stepped in and did pen and ink drawings for a number of years before switching to watercolor. Cook took brief watercolor courses from local artists but in essence is self-taught, completing many watercolors of houses over the years. He is noted for his photography, as well.
The artistic gift runs in Cook’s family. In addition to his son’s talent, his daughter, Julie, is an interior designer in Louisville while son, Brian, is a stagehand in Las Vegas. When Cook became a judge, his father, a self-taught painter, created a portrait of Cook in his robe. This likeness will be on display, as well.
Cook graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1967 prior to reporting to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He became a Marine Corps lawyer, a JAG Officer, and served in DaNang, Vietnam from July 1969 to July 1970. During his time in Vietnam, he took numerous pictures that are compiled in a book that he will have at the gallery.
In addition to seeing some of Cook’s work at the gallery, his wife, Fran, has the product of one of her loves, knitted baby sweaters on display. Add this to the treats and drinks on hand during Second Saturday you will enjoy a fun evening. Gallery 310 is located at 310 North Main in Hannibal.