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Arcadia Round Up

by Linda Tuma Robertson

Dimensions: 5' x 7'
Commissioned by Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.
Dedicated on February 7, 2007
Fourth Floor

Arcadia Round Up by Linda Tuma Robertson

The Artwork

Long before Route 66 cut its way through the state, a building destined to become a landmark was conceived and built in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

In the spring of 1898, William Harrison Odor, members of his family and his neighbors began construction on a unique barn structure in the green countryside of Oklahoma. Odor believed a round barn would withstand an Oklahoma tornado. He fashioned the rafters from green lumber soaked in water from the nearby Deep Fork River. The rafter was then shaped to form the exact curve of the roof. The Round Barn is two stories high, with a diameter of 60' and a height of 45'. The upstairs loft has a wooden floor and an architecturally impressive ceiling.

When the barn was new, the lower level was used to shelter cattle, mules and hay. The upper level or loft was used for barn dances and other social gatherings. In 1988, the barn was donated to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society, who restored the Round Barn with a group of volunteers.

The Artist

Linda Tuma Robertson
Linda Tuma Robertson
Edmond, Oklahoma artist Linda Tuma Robertson has captured the beauty of the world outside our windows and delicately placed it upon her canvas. She employs impressionistic techniques to capture the transient effects of shifting light while incorporating realistic detailing to truthfully portray the essence of the landscape. Robertson derives inspiration from the erratic environment around her.

"It can be a clear day and a few clouds will move in and the entire character of the scene will change from a mundane look into a romantic and intriguing vision. I am always excited to see what the day has given me to paint," said Robertson.

Robertson became an accomplished artist at a very young age, winning her first blue ribbon for her work in kindergarten. At age nine, the young artist studied with the prominent Oklahoma oil painter John Shelby Metcalf. Her parents nourished her artistic creativity and opened her eyes to the marvelous exquisiteness around her through trips to Wyoming and across Oklahoma.

By the age of twenty, Robertson's work had been displayed at the Kerr Museum, the Oklahoma Museum of Art, the Oklahoma Art Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Several institutions have commissioned her work for private and public collections including Cornell University in New York, the Kerr Foundation, and Gaillardia Country Club. She has participated in exhibits throughout the United States and has won numerous best of show awards. In 1983, internationally known Oklahoman artist Wilson Hurley selected one of her paintings to be displayed in the Art Annual IV, a true testament to her astonishing talent.