Formal reception set to unveil paintings donated to Rod Library

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Angela Pratesi, fine and performing arts librarian, Rod Library, 319-273-6257,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A formal reception will be held at Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus to unveil four paintings that were donated earlier this year. The paintings are by the late Iowa artist Robert Tabor and are collectively called "The Four Seasons." The reception will be from 4 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, on the first floor of Rod Library.

The paintings were donated by Edna Shain of Vinton. Shain is a retired insurance company executive and former owner of Lane Insurance Company in Independence, where the paintings were previously displayed. She chose to move the paintings to UNI where they can be cared for while still remaining available to the public.

"The Four Seasons" paintings are from the Depression era and are an important reminder of Iowa's rich history. The reception is free and open to the public and will include the unveiling of the paintings in their new location, information about the paintings and a thank you to Edna Shain for her donation. Light refreshments will be provided.

The same evening there will be a play on campus titled "Independence," which is set in Independence, Iowa. The play is at 7:30 p.m. in Bertha Martin Theatre in the Strayer-Wood Theatre complex. Ticket information can be found on the Rod Library website or at

For more information, visit and look under the events tab, or contact Angela Pratesi, fine and performing arts librarian at UNI's Rod Library, at 319-273-6257 or