HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Retired Illinois Appellate Judge Robert Cook will be the featured artist during the Second Saturday event 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Gallery 310, 310 N. Main St.
Cook began pursuing art while creating drawings for the Quincy Preserves House Tour. His son Greg had been doing the drawings before leaving for college. Cook stepped in and did pen-and-ink drawings for a number of years before switching to watercolor. He took brief watercolor courses with local artists, but he, in essence, is self-taught by completing many watercolors of houses over the years. He is noted for his photography, as well.
The artistic gift runs in Cook's family. His daughter, Julie, is an interior designer in Louisville, Ky., while son Brian is a stagehand in Las Vegas. When Cook became a judge, his father, a self-taught painter, created a portrait of Bob in his robe. This likeness will be on display during the gallery event.
Cook graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1967 before reporting to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. 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 photographs 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, will be displaying her knitted baby sweaters. Refreshments will be served.