Saturday, February 8, 2014

dorothy ruth browdy - kcsoa


Small Houses, Kansas City, Missouri, 1933
Drawing, 11 x 9 inches, sheet

Edition size:
Signed and dated in ink, click HERE.


 In 1937 Dorothy Browdy served as Corresponding Secretary for the Kansas City Society of Artists. Double click on group listing, from 1937-1938 American Art Directory, page 280. (Purchased in December 22, 2010)


Dorothy Ruth Browdy was born in 1909 to Russian immigrants in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where she studied with Thomas Hart Benton. During summer vacations, she traveled to New Mexico, California, and Mexico, or studied at the Chicago Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin, o the Art Students League, New York City, where she worked with Reginald Marsh.                                                                                                           
In the mid-1930s Browdy moved to New York and earned a Master of Arts Degree at Columbia University Teachers College. In 1946 Browdy married Joseph Kushner, and moved to Altadena, California. Their son, Robert, was born that year. In California Kushner studied with some of the watercolorists, such as James Couper Wright who specialized in a large scale, free and open expression of the technique. However, in frequent visits to the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum of Art)) Kushner became interested in German Expressionist paintings and prints, in particular Lyonel Feininger, Alexej Jawlensky, Emil Nolde, and Ernest Ludwig Kirchner. She began to focus on full-fledged Modernism and the expressive power of color. 

Around 1951 the family moved to Arcadia, to a chicken ranch where one of the barns became a studio as well as a gathering place for Kushner"s artist friends. A community developed as she and sixteen other progressive women painters and writers gathered every month to critique one another"s work. They were The Group* and they met from around 1955 to 1972. In the early 1950s Kushner studied with the Abstract Expressionist Richards Rubin, a former student of Hans Hofmann. Because of allergies to oil paint solvents, she painted with casein and ultimately acrylic paint on paper, board, and canvas. She also made many prints during this period, concentrating on woodcuts combined with linocut. 

Kushner exhibited frequently with art associations in which she was an active member and occasionally a juror or an officer. These included the Los Angeles Art Association, Pasadena Society of Artists, California Water Color Society, and the American Color Print Society. During the late 1960s she taught painting and drawing at Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, and Citrus College, Glendora. 

Kushner moved from Arcadia to Costa Mesa in 1972 and became active in the art scene in Orange County. Following Joseph's death in 1980, she moved to Santa Monica. Dorothy Browdy Kushner died in New York City in 2000. 



Farmer with Scythe, 1935
Watercolor, 13 x 10 inches, sheet size
Authenticated on the reverse by the artist’s son, Robert Kushner, click HERE.

                                                                                      
(Browdy bio courtesy of Susan Teller Gallery, http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_art.pl?artist=kushner; Browdy images, http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_work.pl?artist=kushner&img=27&nam=DOROTHY%20BROWDY%20KUSHNER, and http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_work.pl?artist=kushner&img=3&nam=DOROTHY%20BROWDY%20KUSHNER accessed 12.26.2010)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

ode to Gertrude

"For Gertrude Lighton:

Gertrude Lighton was a real part of the world we live in here. Her interests were such that she created an oasis for us, a place to regain ourselves, away from the main stream of a rushin world.

She loved art and beauty in a great variety of ways, and she loved people who loved things. She had the heart of a girl always really to accept some new wonder.

Her years at 1718 Holly Street will live a long time in the memory of our town. She created a unique warm atmosphere where artists lived and worked and memorable luncheons were served to the public.

Gertrude Lighton was interested in doing and being herself, and if you wanted to get in and go along with her, her face would light up and she would take you to her heart. She had a natural unselfconscious generosity and when she heard of people in need, it never occurred to her not to jump in and do something about them.

Then she moved uptown on Main street, in her typically individual way, she took a regular store space and with her own magic, turned it into a shop of great personal warmth. In short, the Lighton Studio was more a public institution first and a store second.

And so Gertrude Lighton will remain a gentle lovely light in our lives that points to man's innate goodness. We will all miss her but her spirit will continue to warm us and that fire is not likely to go out."

(unsigned eulogy courtesy of Terri Mooney, descendant of Gertrude Woolf Lighton, Kansas City, MO, via email March 30, 2013)


I just thought that kinda summed up her...and wanted to share. T M

Saturday, February 23, 2013

1922 art scene

The following account presents a snapshot of the art scene in Kansas City. It names artists from other states who took part. Some of these artists were members of the Kansas City Society of Artists, which was organized in 1921. Those whose names showed up on the Lighton studio roster have been highlighted in blue. Where possible links have been added to the artists.

    A satisfactory crowd attended last night's preview of the Kansas City Art Institute's Midwestern Artists' exhibition inspite of miserable weather.  
     Many hundreds more doubtless will see the exhibition this month, because it is by all odds the best, and the biggest similar show in the history of the institute. 
     The Kansas City Society of Artists, the trustees and the faculty of the institute were among those who assisted at the opening reception.
    This year, besides the usual entries from Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma, there is representative work from Nebraska and Colorado, both of which states share in the prizes.
                 KANSAS CITIAN GOLD METALIST
    A Kansas Citian, Ruth Harris Bohan, is gold medalist, and these are the winners of the other prizes. Painting--Gold medal, Ruth Harris Bohan, Kansas City; silver medal, Fern I. Coppedge, Philadelphia; bronze medal, Le-Roy McMorris, Kansas City; purchase prize, William Bauer, Webster Groves; purchase prize, Nan Sheets, Oklahoma City; purchase prize, F. Drexel Smith, Colorado Springs; honor mention, Mary A. McColl, St. Louis; Oscar Taggert.
    Water Color--Gold metal, Gustav F. Goetsch, Kirkwood, Mo.; silver medal, Ilah Marian Kibbey, Kansas City; bronze medal, Mildred Bailey Carpenter, Webster Groves, Mo.; honor mention, Arthur Van Arsdale, Edmond, Okla.; Norman Tolson, Kansas City, and Augusta H. Knight, Omaha.
    Graphic Arts--Gold medal, Troy Kinney, New York; silver medal, Paul S. Laune, Lincoln, Neb.; bronze medal, Joseph Fleck, Kansas City; purchase prize, Charles A. Wilimovsky, for Black and White; honor mention, C.A. Seward, Wichita, Kas., and Charles A. Wilimovsky, Chicago.
    Sculpture--Gold medal, Frederick C. Hibbard, Chicago; silver medal, Dr. Emmett J. Craig, Kansas City; bronze medal, Nancy Coonsman Hahn, St. Louis; honor mention, Felix S. Cabelio, Colorado Springs, and W.W. Rosenbauer, Kansas City.

                 CROWDED WITH 300 SELECTIONS
    Of the 780 things offered, the three judges chose three hundred for display, which means that every possible inch of display space in the building is being utilized, and that, although every effort has been made to give adequate position to the chosen three hundred, crowding was necessary.
    Artists to the number of 288 are represented.
    The judges, whose work was done a week ago, were Russell A. Plimpton, director of the Minneapolis Art Institute; Frank V. Dudley and Oliver Dennett Grover, both Chicago artists.
    The realist school has the swing of things, which is, of course, to be expected. The visible beauty of the things about us influences nearly all of the artists more than does the meaning behind those things;. In a number of instances the degree of sophistication attained is astonishing, however.

                 PRAISE FROM KURTZWORTH
    "If we compare this achievement with that of any other region as young in years, all history will fail to provide a similiar example of such rapid progress in the field of aesthetic development." declared H. M. Kurtzworth, director of the institute, and the exhibition bears him out handsomely.
     Doubtless the judges, in awarding Mrs. Bohan the gold medal, were influenced by the fact that her "Childhood," although conventional in most of its aspects, is singularly poetic, and points in a quiet but unmistakable way the trust and mystery of childhood. There is not one particle of affection in the work, and restraint has brought it remarkable balance.
     Fern I. Coopedge, now of Philadelphia (present residence outside the states represented does not bar competition), receives the silver medal for her "Winter Morning," which shines through a lacework of bare and expressive branches.
    LeRoy D. McMorris of Kansas City has been awarded the bronze medal for a New Mexican landscape that is a turning point in his most interesting career. It seems to be New Mexico as he feels it rather than as he sees it.
    The three purchase prizes also are interesting, and the canvases of F. Drexel Smith and William Bauer especially so. The first is a Colorado foothills scene called "Melting Snow, " appropriately to the weather, an unusual number of chilling things are being shown, and the second, another windy study with the winterish light particularly well handled.
    Besides the oils there are water colors, the graphic arts, and sculpture for consideration. Their examples are fewer in number, but not necessarily less interesting. Some of the etchings, particularly the gold medal work of Troy Kinney, which shows two dancers in the midst of a fantastic whirl, have especial merit.
    Paul S. Laune, of Lincoln, Neb., winner of the silver medal in the graphic arts class, took his prize with a strong nude done in a new medium.

                 OTHER INTERESTING WORK
    Outside the prizes winners are several canvases that probably will start many arguments. One is the "After the Storm," of Edith Mahier, a pupil of Oscar Brousse Jacobson of the University of Oklahoma. She follows the expressionist path of her teacher, but not slavishly, and her canvas, not only expresses what she meant it to, but is full of rhythm and vitality and has considerable originality.
    Another is a fantastic pile of buildings in modern style by W. J. Potter, who also is represented by a more restrained conception of two French houses. Birger Sandzen, now in Europe, sent nothing, but Anton Pearson, of Lindsborg, Kas., a pupil, is represented by "Cathedral Spires," which is very much after the manner of the Swedish-American master.
    Many Kansas Citians are represented, and the Art Institute faculty has not by any means been slighted. And from the practical side, the show should benefit the exhibitors, for much of the material is likely to arouse acquisitive instincts in the beholders.

Ilah M Kibbey link, http://www.askart.com/askart/k/ilah_marian_kibbey/ilah_marian_kibbey.aspx, Ruth Harris Bohan, http://www.askart.com/askart/b/ruth_harris_bohan/ruth_harris_bohan.aspx,
http://www.michenermuseum.org/bucksartists/artist.php?artist=62, Edith Mahier links, http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!85940!0#focus and  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edith_Mahier_Jambalaya_1916.jpgNan Sheets link, http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/S/SH021.html William Bauer link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=IMAGES&artist=236688,  F. Drexel Smith link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?artist=9538, Gustav F. Goetsch link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/bulletin.aspx?searchtype=DISCUSS&artist=29109,  Mildred Bailey Carpenter link, http://www.askart.com/askart/c/mildred_bailey_carpenter/mildred_bailey_carpenter.aspxArthur Van Arsdale link, http://www.askart.com/askart/v/arthur_van_arsdale/arthur_van_arsdale.aspx, Norman Tolson link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=100223Augusta H. Knight link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=88583, Troy Kinney link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?searchtype=BIO&artist=23471, Paul S. Laune link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10031593, Joseph Fleck link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=6343, Charles A. Wilimovsky link,  http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=77443, Frederick C. Hibbard link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=62125, Nancy Coonsman Hahn link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=101668, Frank V. Dudley link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_V._Dudley, Oliver Dennett Grover link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=9288, Oscar Brousse Jacobson link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=5775, W. J. Potter link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=4085, Anton Pearson link, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10041545, accessed Feb 11, 2012)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ilah Marion Kibbey


(1933 City Directory for 17th and Holly Street courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO,accessed October 12th, 2010)

 
Among the five artists residing at the Lighton Studios was ILAH MARION KIBBEY--AMERICAN (1888-1958) oils and watercolors, painter, illustrator, printmaker (accessed Sep 18, 2010)
    "The studio immediately above that of Gertrude Lighton is shared by Ilah Marion Kibbey, Mrs. Loren Martin and Mrs. James Summers, president of the Kansas City City of Artists. Colorful fabrics, art objects and antique furniture lend it distinctive charm. Triangular and window-flanked, its elevated northern exposure permits excellent view of airport activities, interest of which is reflected in Miss Kibbey's paintings. Impressions during flight 9,000 feet above the local aiport are recorded in her oils and watercolors.

     Here is a new, heretofore untried, prespective, that shows the earth pattern as it appears through clouds when the plane is banked. These three artists will participate in a thumb box exhibit to be given at the Lighton studios November 1. Landscapes, some depicting neighborhood scenes, will predominate." (excerpt from Kansas City Journal-Post, Sunday, October 19, 1930, News clippings courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO, accessed October 5, 2010)
 "This unique work was painted around 1927 when Kibbey was known to have made several sketches from the air detailing the meandering of the Missouri river. An oil on canvas, this painting is artist signed lower left. Overall unframed measurement of 26 x 30 inches. Restored condition, unlined but with scattered areas of inpainting and repair to the surface. Lot 668"
.   Untitled painting by Ilah M. Kibbey courtesy of Live Auctioneers, http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/3165791 , accessed Feb 20, 2013) Double click on image to enlarge.
 
House in Glouchester by Ilah M. Kibbey (courtesy of Mutual Art, http://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/House-in-Gloucester/170FB09E32EDF8A9 , accessed Feb 20, 2013)
October 24, 1926  Kansas City Journal Star heading
 
THE KIBBEY EXHIBITION
    "The picturesque environs of the New England fishing villages furnished abundant motives for the skillful brush of Ilah Marian Kibbey last summer, as her exhibition of water color paintings in tempera water colors to open tomorrow morning for a week's view at the Conrad Hug art galleries, 1011 A. Grand avenue, will testify.
    Quaint old houses set beneath gree trees, rocky shore lines, wharves and fishing smacks, and finally the Atlantic itself are charmingly recorded in the sixty paintings, which are being shown. All but five of them, which are Kansas City scenes, were painted last summer in the vicinity of Rockport, Mass. Not bad for a two months' vacation.
    Miss Kibbey's work is well known in Kansas City where she has exhibited frequently in the past. Her happiest effects seem to be most often obtained in the medium used in the paintings in the present exhibition, where she has succeded in combining a delightful spontaneity with sound drawing and charming color.
    Besides being registrar of the Kansas City Art institute, Miss Kibbey is vice president of the Kansas City Society of Artists, and the member of the National Association of Women Painters, and the North Shore Arts association and  the Rockport Society of Artists." (article courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO, accessed March 2011)   
    
Untitled (City), etching, 5 x 8 inches, 4 of 75 
(courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections,
Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St,
Kansas City, MO, accessed March 2011)   
 Sail Boats, etching, 8 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches (courtesy of Mutual Art, http://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/Sail-Boats/BC350F4F2731D220, accessed Feb 20, 2013)

Men Trimming Trees Around Pond, c.1935, oil on fiberboard,  24 x 20 1/8 in. (accessed Nov.12, 2010)  http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=13709 and http://americanart.si.edu/images/1974/1974.28.66_1a.jpg


The Wharf, Morning, oil on board, 14 x 18 inches, (courtesy of Mutual Art, http://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/The-Wharf--Morning/A611C6A297B378FE, Feb 20, 2013)
Untitled (Men on Logs),  "Fine oil on masonite by this important artist and teacher from Kansas City who's works are rarely found. Kibbey is notable among American artists, her work is held in various museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art collection. This work is artist signed lower right and measures 26 x 30 inches overall. Very good untouched condition.Lot 667" (courtesy of Live Auctioneers, http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/3165790, Feb 20, 2013)


ILAH MARION KIBBEY, AMERICAN (1888-1958) GLOUCESTER DOCKS, oil on artist`s board, signed lower right, gilt-framed. 18 x 20 inches. Exhibited: The National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York, 1923 The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 119th Annual Exhibition, 1924 (courtesy of Images Worth Point, http://images.worthpoint.com/files/is/4859/398/4859_398_1H20OBHG1.jpg, accessed Feb 23, 2013)

Dangerous Blues (song music), cover art: Ilah Kibbey
(courtesy of Parlor Songs, http://parlorsongs.com/issues/2007-4/thismonth/feature.php, SCROLL DOWN TO Dangerous Blues, acc. Dec 17, 2010)

 
1922 Joe L Sanders Sheet Music (Martha Just a Plain Old Fashioned Name) illus by Ilah M.Kibbey  Martha (Just a Plain Old Fashioned Name)”, words and music by Joe L Sanders. Six pages front to back with a 1922 copyright. Published by J W Jenkins Sons Music Co, Kansas City, MO. Approximately 9 in. X 12 in. Cover art by Ilah M Kibbey shows an illustration of a pretty woman with flowers and at lower eight is a photo of two women with the words, “The McLaughlin Sisters, America’s Greatest Dancing Duo”. Sanders was co-founder of the Coon-Sanders Original Kansas City Nighthawks, the first Kansas City jazz band to achieve national recognition, which it acquired through national radio broadcasts. It was founded in 1919 by drummer Carleton Coon and pianist Joe Sanders. Very good condition (has a store sticker on cover). Postage will be paid by purchaser. (courtesy Ebay, http://www.ebay.com/itm/1922-Joe-L-Sanders-Sheet-Music-Martha-Just-a-Plain-Old-Fashioned-Name-/160926312041, accessed Feb 19, 2013)


Portrait of Ilah M. Kibbey by Pauline Everett, drawing,
Lot 669, 12 x 10 inches, signed lower right. This pencil sketch on paper was found in the estate of Paulina Everitt (Kansas City Art Institute student) courtesy of Live Auction, http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/3165792, accessed Feb 20, 2013) 
 
Paulina Jones Everitt (1905 - 1996) taught by Thomas Hart Benton  
Everett BIO http://www.davidcookfineart.com/1/Everitt_Paulina_Jones.htm  and http://bestofthewestauctions.com//dynapage/IP7309.htm and http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Grid.aspx?searchtype=BOOKS&artist=105827
Shiny Water,  Motif No.1, Rockport, Massachusetts, Watercolor& Gouache, 8" x 8-1/2" inches, Ilah Marian Kibbey (American 1888-1958) Circa 1925. Signed lower left. (courtesy of Covington Gallery, http://covingtongallery.com/watercolors-0113-shiny-water-a.htm, accessed Feb 20, 2013)


Sunday, February 17, 2013

woman artist advocate

       "The Lighton Studios helped women artists and helped women show their work." (J.D. Mooney interview, Kansas City, August 24, 2010)

        "Granny bought the Bloody Bucket at 17th and Holly. It had been a whorehouse. She moved out the girls. She started the first art gallery in Kansas City. She started it for women at the Art Institute. I've heard she gave Benton the first show. Billy Kemper had an art studio there. The tea room was there and a restaurant for a sophisticated bunch. It was a very hip place to go. She cooked there, which was beneath her standing. She should have had a servant do it. Gertrude was fabulously wealthy." (Linda Lighton interview, Kansas City, October 2, 2010)


(1933 City Directory for 17th and Holly Street courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO,accessed October 12th, 2010)
 
     Among the five artists residing at the Lighton Studios was Emma Siboni (1877 - 1940)
 
Emma Benedikta Siboni, daughter of Josephine Crull and Erik Siboni, was a portrait painter in America. Born in Soro, Denmark. She schooled at the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Louis School of Fine Arts, Skarbina in Berlin, and Menard in Paris (lineage courtesy of  http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/o/Carlisle-C-Cook-jr/GENE2-0016.html (SCROLL DOWN TO # 81 FOR EMMA LISTING, accessed November 12, 2010) (courtesy Ask Art, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?artist=88176, accessed Feb 18, 2013)
 
1895-96 A Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Washington University, St. Louis, MO
“The Awards in the School of Fine Arts for the year 1896-97 were as follows:--June 10, 1897, Prof. Halsey C. Ives, Director St. Louis School of Fine Arts…..Dear Sir:--The Jury of Awards appointed to judge the work  submitted in competition for honors for the year 1986-97 takes pleasure in congratulating you and your fellow workers and the students upon the very high order of excellence which marks the exhibition. The judges found themselves seriously embarrassed in selecting the best because of this general superiority and wished many times that the number of honors had been greater. The following are recommented…..LIFE CLASS IN BLACK AND WHITE #99 Miss Emma B. Siboni 1st, Bronze Medal  #16 Mr.J. Oliver Spurr 2nd, Honorable mention"
 Nov 23, 1902  New York Times  Queen Alexandra Orders Miniatures  “Special Cable to the New York Times. Berlin, Nov. 22— Emma Siboni, the well-known American miniature painter, has received an order from Queen Alexandra of England to paint the portraits of the Queen’s grandchildren, the children of the Duke of Fife.”  (courtesy of New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0911F835591B728DDDAA0A94D9415B828CF1D3 accessed Nov 13, 2010)

Portrait of a Young Woman by Emma Siboni (courtesy of Ask Art, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=IMAGES&artist=88176, accessed Feb 19, 2013)
 
1904  New York at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis 1904, E. Siboni, five miniature paintings  http://www.fullbooks.com/New-York-at-the-Louisiana-Purchase-Exposition4.html SCROLL DOWN TO SEE HER LISTING, accessed Dec 15, 2010.

More follows: She was cited as  a resident of Buffalo NY (1903); Fort Wayne IN (1905-10); Hubbard Woods IL (1915-1919), PasadenaCA (1920's and 1930's), and Washington DC1900. (From Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940)” http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=88176 accessed Nov 13, 2010                   
 
 
1912  Art Institute of Chicago, Feb.1-18, Catalogue of the 16th Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/pubs/1912/AIC1912ArtofChi16thAn_comb.pdf SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 50 FOR FOLLOWING LISTING accessed Nov 13, 2010   #255 Portrait of Miss Caroe Miniature (Lent by Miss Caroe, Copenhagen) #256 Portrait of Miss Emma Rusode Miniature (Lent by Miss Rusode)  #257 Portrait of children of Grand Duchess Xenia Miniature (Lent by Grand Duchess Xenia, Russia)  #258 Portrait of Baroness  Wedell-Jarlsberg Miniature (Lent by Baroness  Wedell-Jarlsberg, Paris) Siboni, Emma—840 Linden Ave,Hubbard Wood, Illinois 
1913  Eleventh Annual Philadelphia Water Color club and Twelvth Annual Exhibition of Miniatures, Nov.9 to Dec. 14, 1913---Emma Siboni #58. Mrs. Donald MacQueen (pg.14), # 127 Miss Beatrice Starr (pg.20), Partial List of Miniature Painters in this exhibit: Heloise Guillou Redfield, Emily Drayton Taylor, William J. Whittmore, Clare Shephard, A. Margaretta Archambault, Edna Huestis Simpson, Mabel R. Welch,  Harry L. Johnson, Carolyn D. Tyler, Mary Rogers, Ludwig E. Faber, Elsie Dodge Pattie, Bernice P. Andrews Fernow, Maud H. Purdy…. http://books.google.com/books?id=HewqAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Philadelphia+Water+Color+Club+(Print+Section),&source=bl&ots=BzyxPGvSty&sig=4osfmoq-CV--8_R3RTGLiiNrTOc&hl=en&ei=ci4WTd3LM4_XngfqxcXPDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false , SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 14, accessed Dec 15, 2010. 
December 1916 American Federation exhibit circulated 1916-1917 page 34, item # 14. Miniatures by members of the American Society of Miniature Painters, 54 works---Springfield, Illinois, Dec.5 to Dec. 22, 1916; Los Angeles, California, Jan 1 to Jan. 29, 1917; Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 7 to Feb.28,  1917. http://books.google.com/books?id=1yYMAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA515&lpg=PA515&dq=ethel+greenough,+kansas+city,+flowers&source=bl&ots=UDFyTBceKB&sig=WERZUpybwZ_BmbDBPJmA7vUJS-g&hl=en&ei=SgMITdLIFcL78Abq6MynCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ethel%20greenough%2C%20kansas%20city%2C%20flowers&f=false, SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 607 FOR SIBONI LISTING, accessed Dec 15, 2010.
It is no surprise that GW Lighton commissioned Siboni to do a portrait of her daughter.  She had three children: Phoebe, Gertrude, and Alfred. It was either Phoebe or Gertrude.
 
Portrait painting of Gertrude, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lighton, by Emma Siboni. (BELOW, Artist signature, E.S; painting, closeup of portrait head, family photos of daughter Phoebe and Gertrude Lighton (photos courtesy of Linda Lighton, Terri Mooney, Kansas City, MO, Feb 19, 2013)

 
Portrait painting of Gertrude by Emma Siboni
 
closeup detail, above, below
 
Phoebe

 Gertrude

Gertrude


Gertrude
 

Friday, February 15, 2013

lighton's community

   One need only look at the 1922, 1923, and 1924 Midwestern Artist Exhibitions to locate the individuals with which Gertrude Woolf Lighton associated. Many were students and employees of the Kansas City Arts Institute. Listed are names, residence, accepted entries, mediums, or title of employment. Work of the names in orange were exhibited at Lighton's studio in the 1930s.
 
The 1922 exhibit was held at the Phil R. Toll home, located on the southwest corner of Warwick and Armour Boulevards (above).
Program notes
Art school committee - Ilah Kibbey, Registrar.
January exhibition committee  - Ms. Massey Holmes, Miss Elizabeth Gentry.
KCAI Trustees - Mrs Hal Gaylord, Ms. Massey Holmes

Alfred H. Clark  LINK
Box 153, St. Marys, KS
  Portrait Head of Boy - painting

Mrs. Massey Holmes
1040 W 53rd St, Kansas City
  Still Life - painting

Ilah Marion Kibbey LINK
  October - painting
  Gloucester Docks - painting

Gertrude W. Lighton  LINK
3526 Locust, Kansas City
  Main Street, Provincetown - painting
  The Gillham Road from Georgia Court - painting

Le Roy D. Morris  LINK
42nd and Mill Creek Parkway
  Morning, Taos - painting
  Jim Luwasu - painting
  Wagon Wheel Gap - painting
  Taos Girls - painting

R. Wetherill  LINK
1640 Poplar St, Kansas City
  Evening Glow - painting
  Cozy Corner - painting

Ethel G. Holmes  LINK
1040 W 53rd St, Kansas City
  Silver and Lapis Lazuli - jewelry/metalwork
  Carver Silver Bracelet - jewelry/metalwork
  Filet Lace Panel - textile decoration

1922 Friends of Art - A. R. Jones - President
Miss Effie Seachrest - Vice President
Program note
Sunday, Jan. 22, "Old Masters and New" lecture
Miss Floy Campbell, Art Director Junior College

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1923 Midwestern Artists Exhibition
(Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma)

Floy Campbell  LINK
4026 E 67th Street Terrace, Kansas City
  Dunes, Indiana - oil painting
  The Fallen Monarch - litho

Roger Cunningham 
3123 Washington St, Kansas City
  November Prairie - watercolor

Gertrude Freyman  LINK
6220 Indiana Ave, Kansas City
  The Scarlet Bowl - oil painting

Coah Henry  LINK
3106 Olive, Kansas City
  Maine Birches - oil painting
  Summer Quiet - oil painting
  The Harbor - watercolor

Ethel G. Holmes
  Morning Light on Gould Mountain - watercolor
  Thunderstorms - oil painting
The Curve of the Brook - watercolor

Ilah M. Kibbey
  Across the St. Laurence, Quebec - pastel
  From the Fort, Quebec - litho print
  Minanna, Monhegan - pastel
  Lower City, Quebec - litho pencil
    Silver Metal of Graphic Arts 1923
  Sous le Cap, Quebec - litho pencil
  Summer - oil painting
  The Fishing Village - oil painting
    Mr/Mrs JB Irving Prize of Painting 1923
  The Riding Academy, Country Club - watercolor
  The Village Road - watercolor
    Bronze Medal of Watercolor and Pastels 1923

Gertrude W. Lighton
  Flowers - oil painting

W. Rosenbauer LINK
  Marguerite - plaster
    Mrs. Anthony French Merrill Prize of Ceramics 1923
  Jar / Bowl

R. Wetherill
  Landscape - oil painting
  After The Storm - sketch watercolor
  Winter - silk print
  Ozark Hills - oil paintoing

Margaret Whittemore  LINK
1615 College Ave, Topeka, KS
  Santa Fe Poster - oil painting
  Pueblo Indians - woodblock

Program note
Friday, Jan. 26 "Expressionism, Van Gogh, Gaugan" lecture
by Miss Floy Campbell

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1924 Midwestern Artists Exhibition
(Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado)

Walter A Bailey, art department Kansas City Star 
  The Edge of Town - oil painting
  Swope Park in Winter - oil painting
  Shadows - oil painting
  The Fork in the Road - oil painting
  Moonlight - Graphic Arts
  Pine Tree - Graphic Arts
  Coasting - Graphic Arts

Floy Campbell
  In An Old Garden - oil painting
  Flickering Gold - oil painting
  The Ragged Edge - watercolor

Fern I. Coppedge
4011 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA
  A Morning In Winter - oil painting
    Silver Award for Painting 1924

Dr. Emmet J. Craig  LINK
707 Waldheim Bldg, Kansas City LINK
  Dr. Chas C. Allen - Portrait Bust Sculpture
    Silver Medal for Sculpture
  Helen Craig - Portrait Bust Sculpture

Gertrude Freyman
  Still Life - oil painting
  The Yellow Jar - oil painting
  Portrait - Red Crayon Drawing

Coah Hentry
3106 Olive St, Kansas City
  Going to Church - oil painting
  From the Garden - oil painting
  A Maine Homestead - oil painting

Ethel Greenough Holmes
  Sweet Peas - oil painting
  The End of the Point - watercolor

Helen Scott Jaccard
1502 Drury Lane, Kansas City
  Flowers - oil painting
  Flowers from Mother's Garden - oil painting
  The Blue Bowl - oil painting

Ilah M. Kibbey
  Chateau Frontenac From Culdesac - litho pencil
  November Snow, Mission Hills - watercolor
    Silver Metal of Watercolors
  Posies - watercolor

Troy Kinney  LINK
46 W Ninety-fifth St, New York
  Lopokova and Nijinski in Les Sylphides - etching
    Gold Metal for Etching
  Zephyr - etching
  Mme. Genee - ething
  Serenade - etching

Le Roy Mc Morris
  Portrait of My Mother - oil painting
  New Mexico - oil painting
    Bronze Medal for Painting
  White Iris - oil painting
  Mr. John H. Bovard - oil painting
  Agatha - litho
  Portrait - litho tiny
  Figure Sketches, Group No.1 - watercolor
  Orange Lily - watercolor
  Miss Kaye - etching

W.W. Rosebauer
109 E 40th St, Kansas City
  Charley Mc Gowan - Bronze
    Honor Mention for sculpture

C.A.Seward  LINK
  Summer - litho
    Honor Mention for sculpture
  Red Sandstone Banks - litho

R. Wetherill
  Boats - silk print
  The Boat House - silk print
  Lonesome Pine - silk print

          "Interest in the Art Institute was increasing, as was enrollment. In 1922, a brochure listed classes in design, illustration, interior decorating, costume design, fashion, wood carving, drawing, lettering, commercial art, sculpture and industrial art. There were also special classes in jewelry, home crafts such as batik, gesso, lamp shades, ceramics, weaving, basketry. The catalogue was profusely illustrated with examples of student art including work by Ruth Alexander, Illah Marion Kibbey, Lora Wilkins, Fred Geary, Doris Prat, Gene Thornton, Leroy D. MacMoris, L.F. Wilford, Delle Miller. Costs were day classes, per week, $3.50; evening classes, per week, $1.50; children's classes, Saturdays, 50 cents; holiday classes Sunday mornings, 60 cents." (A History of Community Achievement 1885-1964 by Mazee Bush Owens and Frances S. Bush, page 9, accessed from Jannes Library, Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010).
(List from "Midwestern Artists Exhibition, Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942," Mines, Cynthia, courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO, accessed November 12, 2011) (Links courtesy of Ask Art, Clark, http://www.askart.com/askart/c/alfred_houghton_clark/alfred_houghton_clark.aspx, Kibbey, http://www.askart.com/askart/k/ilah_marian_kibbey/ilah_marian_kibbey.aspx, Wetherill, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10057827, Lighton, http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=10032708, Morris, http://www.askart.com/askart/m/leroy_daniel_mcmorris/leroy_daniel_mcmorris.aspx, Holmes, http://www.askart.com/AskART/H/ethel_greenough_holmes/ethel_greenough_holmes.aspx?searchtype=SUMMARY&artist=130467, Campbell, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10008439, Freeman, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10018777, Henry, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=10024443, Rosenbauer, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=101971, Craig, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=5011853, Kinney, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=23471,
Seward, http://www.askart.com/askart/s/coy_avon_seward/coy_avon_seward.aspx
  accessed Feb 15,2013)