NBC Bank bestowed it’s Oklahoma Artist Series 2012 painting to the Altus Public Schools Board of Education on Monday during a regular school board meeting.
Superintendent Bob Drury introduced NBC’s Elizabeth Marcha who presented the “Oklahoma Spirit,” a realistic painting by Oklahoman artist Tom Palmore. The painting is a vivid depiction of a draped Oklahoma flag accompanied by one male and one female hummingbird.
As described by the painting’s bio provided by NBC, Palmore “sees peace and harmony through the pipe and natural branch while the Osage shield represents our State’s unique heritage. Hummingbirds represent the free being and colorful spirit of Oklahomans.” Palmore’s work is displayed in the Smithsonian Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, The St. Louis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
NBC has quoted Palmore saying the Oklahoma the flag is, “the most attractive and meaningful flag of any state.”
On behalf of the School Board, Rosalyn Hall accepted the annual painting.
“This is the 10th presentation,” said Marcha, explaining that NBC’s Chairman C. Kendric Fergeson is an art enthusiast who commissions an artist from Oklahoma each year for NBC’s Oklahoma Artist Series.
Hall (left), Marcha (center), and Drury (right) hold up “Oklahoma Spirit,” from the 2012 NBC Oklahoma Arist Series.