Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2007
Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn and his wife, Suzanne,
pose with artist Linda Tuma
Robertson and President of the Historical Preservation Fund, Charles
Ford following the
unveiling of the landscape in the House Chamber Wednesday afternoon.
Barn-Raising in the Oklahoma House:
Landscape of Historic Arcadia Barn Dedicated
Thanks to the generosity of one Oklahoma couple and
the talents of an Oklahoma artist, another original painting entitled
"Arcadia Round-Up" by artist Linda Tuma Robertson was
dedicated in the Oklahoma House Wednesday afternoon. The work, sponsored
by Oklahoma County Commissioner and former State Representative
Ray Vaughn and his wife, Suzanne and commissioned by the Oklahoma
State Senate Historical Preservation Fund.
“Many artists have depicted the historic Round Barn, but I
know of none who have shown it as part of a larger landscape of
a working farm,” said former State Senator Charles Ford, President
of the Preservation Fund. “This painting represents the original
purpose of the barn on a family farm, long before Route 66 was built
The barn was constructed in the spring of 1898 by William Harrison
Odor, members of his family and his neighbors. Odor believed that
a round barn would withstand an Oklahoma tornado. He fashioned the
rafters from green lumber soaked in water from the nearby Deep Fork
River. The rafter was then shaped to form the exact curve of the
roof. The Round Barn is two stories high, with a diameter of 60'
and a height of 45'.
"The interesting thing about this barn, besides its architectural
detail, is the fact that it was not only used to shelter cattle,
mules and hay, but the loft was used for barn dances and other social
gatherings," added Ford.
In 1988, the barn was donated to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation
Society, which restored the Round Barn with a group of volunteers.
The painting is a gift from the Vaughn family. Ray Vaughn was elected
in 2006 to serve as Oklahoma County Commissioner from District 3.
He served as State Representative for District 81 (Edmond) from
1988-2004. Vaughn currently serves on the Board of Directors for
Oklahoma Christian University; University of Central Oklahoma Foundation
Board of Trustees; and the Edmond Parks Foundation. He and his wife
of 37 years, Suzanne Vaughn, have three children and seven grandchildren.
The artist, Linda Tuma Robertson, is a native Oklahoman who currently
resides in Edmond. She was educated at Oklahoma City University
and credits her parents for giving her the opportunity to develop
her art talent. At the age of nine, she studied with the late John
Shelby Metcalf, a prominent Oklahoma artist. Robertson's style has
been described as a combination of realism and impressionism. By
the time she was twenty, her work had been displayed at the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C., the Kerr Museum, the Oklahoma Museum
of Art, and the Oklahoma Art Center. She is a member of the Oil
Painters of America and the Oklahoma Art Guild.
The frame was hand-carved and gold-leafed by Oklahoma native, Jeremiah
Baker, of Edmond.
This and other art commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical
Preservation Fund, Inc. can be found on the Senate website at www.oksenate.gov.
For more information contact:
Pam Hodges - (405) 521-5675