Book Signing: Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Local author LuLynne Streeter joins us on Saturday with her biography of Karl and Anna Kuerner, neighbors of Andrew Wyeth and frequent subjects of his paintings.
To their children, Karl and Anna Kuerner were “ordinary” people. To the rest of the world they were the extraordinary faces immortalized by Andrew Wyeth. Even as a young boy growing up in Pennsylvania’s rural Brandywine Valley, Wyeth was fascinated by his intriguing neighbors, and they would be a major source of his inspiration for more than seventy years. Karl Kuerner, hardened by poverty and his service in the German Army during World War I, faced demons of anger and frustration. Anna had her own battles, sometimes wandering the farm muttering to herself in German, between periods in the insane asylum.
Part art history and part biography, “Frozen Lives” provides a fascinating look into the realities of the complicated Kuerner family. Author Lulynne Streeter draws upon her unprecedented access to the family to provide context and compassion for the storied lives of Karl and Anna. Family photos and color images of major Wyeth paintings are included in the book, providing additional understanding of the family and farmscapes that inspired an important American artist. Just as Wyeth’s paintings managed to capture the essence of his subjects, “Frozen Lives” goes beyond the superficial and reveals a deeper truth behind the famous Keurner faces.
Lulynne Streeter is an author, poet, journalist, and photographer. She currently lives and writes in Galveston, Texas.