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Coming in April

True Grit

The Big Read invites all ages to reconnect with the Charles Portis best-seller, True Grit, and join a roundup of Western-themed fun and entertainment including author John Erickson, storyteller Marideth Sisco, artist Andy Thomas and Charles Portis scholar Jay Jennings.

"True Grit," set in the late 19th century, is the tale of Mattie Ross, who at age 14 leaves home during a harsh winter in search of her father's murderer. She seeks out a man with a quality she calls "true grit," and finds him in an unlikely federal marshal, Rooster Cogburn. Also tracking the murderer is LaBoeuf, a Texas Ranger who has an uneasy partnership with the pair.

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Shows Its True Grit

by Darlene Prater, mixed media.

Daily, February 22—May 16, at Sky Gallery at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, reception Wednesday, April 13, 3 p.m. open to the public. Artists from the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild present selections juried by a Springfield Regional Arts Council panel. Abstracts, Impressionistic and realistic painting, digital art and photography reflect True Grit themes of persistence and continuance in a course of action.