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April 30, 2014

Artist gives ‘Mr. Rogers’ to WR Memorial Museum

CLAREMORE —

A painting by Claremore artist John Hammer will be revealed in a special event at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. The artist will be on hand for the event, hosted by the Museum and Will Rogers Memorial Foundation.
Hammer, a resident of Claremore for about 20 years, was a graphic designer until he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of being an artist. He has a studio in Hardesty Art Center in downtown Tulsa.
His wife, Carla, calls his works “pop impressionism.” He says he paints with color and fun and sees a heavy influence of graphic design in his works, and he also sees a similarity in commercial and fine art.
Hammer exhibits that influence in “Mr. Rogers,” a painting he has given Will Rogers Memorial Museum. It will be in place near the Museum entry.
A graduate of OSU Institute of Technology in 1985, he chose graphic design to express the artistic side he had treasured as a high school student. 
He studied technical illustration and then moved to commercial art, which would later become graphic design. He worked as a graphic designer about 30 years before deciding to follow his childhood dream.
He was encouraged when the first painting he entered in a show sold on the first night of exhibition. 
His pieces, he said, now have a distinctive look and feel that are clearly “John Hammer.”
Will Rogers Memorial visitors can  view John Hammer’s “Mr. Rogers” and meet the artist or renew old friendships at the opening.
The Hammers moved to Claremore so their sons could attend Claremore schools. John II and Matt are graduates of Claremore High School. 

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