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Excelsior Hears Program on Pointings of Kenneth Wyoff The life and career of i contemporary artist who is a frequent Wellington visitor was presented for Excelsior Club members Wednesday, March 17. The artist is Kenneth Wyatt of Tutia, who is likewise an author and clergyman. The program speaker and club hostess was his sister-in-law, Mrs. Melvin Kiker. "Kenneth Wyatt was born in Wichita Falls and grew up in Stephenville, where he graduated from high school and from John Tarleton, then a two-year college. He attended Baylor University and graduated from McMurry College, Abilene. Later he was graduated from Iliff School of Theology in Denver," said the speaker. Wyatt received Doctor of Divinity Degree from McMurry McMurry College in 1980. An ordained clergyman of the United Methodist Church, Wyatt was pastor of his first church at age 14. Pastorates of other Panhandle Panhandle churches followed, some while he was pursuing his studies. His last pastorate was at Tulia, the family's present home. Wyatt was married to Vida Mae Kiker of Wellington Wellington in 1954, and they have two children, Mark and Jill. His first portraits were of Mrs. Kiker's husband, Melvin and their daughters, Kathy and Paula. Mrs. Kiker described his entry into the art world. "He had several advantages advantages going into his early years as an artist. First, his preaching years in the southeast Panhandle gave' him a wide audience of people who admired his wit and sagacisty, especially for his chalk talks. This led to an expanded schedule as a Knife and Fork (club) presentations across the southwest, while he was working at home more and more on paintings at the kitchen table. "Then Along came a man named John McCarty, art promoter, writer and people enthusiast. He immediately saw something in Kenneth Wyatt that Kenneth hadn't seen in himself—a real future in the fine art world," said Mrs. Kiker. She recounted Wyatt's own description of his first meeting with the late Mr. McCarty. ' 'He had been to many art galleries trying to get up the courage to ask the owners to show his work. Then he showed two of his paintings to McCarty, who asked to borrow Jhem awhile to study. "A little later, John asked if I would paint a horse. I never had, but I thought I could. John said he was going to have a auction and I did three horse paintings and brought them to John, still wet," the artist told his sister-in-law. "When the bidding got to $80,1 was so nervous I had to leave. When he called back, John told me the paintings had sold, the largest amount for one was $230. John said he could sell that many at once, he had something going for him." Wyatt, who paints 14 hours a day, met Ken Curtis, Festus of the TV serial, Gunsmoke, when the latter was appearing at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo in 1969. Curtis bought Wyatt paintings and has continued to buy. He was one of 10 artists who organized the Tern Cowboy Artists Association, and was its first president. Writing is another facet of the Wyatt career. His first book was "XIT," and several books later, he and Dr. Charles Allen colabora- ted on a book of paintings and inspirational writings, a limited edition available only through the United Methodist Women of the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference. Last year Wyatt presented presented a bronze sculpture to the McMurry Alumni's Student Scholarship program. His paintings hang in the Western White House and in the Buckingham Palace, as well as in almost every state. Present for the Excelsior Gub, where a dessert plate was served, were Mrs. L.W. Wells, Mrs. E.F. Bartlett, Mrs. Russell Yates, Miss Hattie D. Wells, Miss Bonnie Willis, Miss Rose Shadid, Mrs. Robert Barjenbruch Barjenbruch and the speaker-hostess, speaker-hostess, Mrs. Kiker. Surveys indicate that about 85 percent of human beings are right-handed. Lev! Lewis Celebrates 2nd Birthday with Party, April / ,._ Levi Eric Lewis celebrated his second birthday on Thursday, April 1 with a party given by his mother, Mrs. Jerry Lewis, at their home. Party guests sang "Happy "Happy Birthday" to Levi and watched as he blew out the two candles on his birthday cake. Then Levi and his friends were served cake, ice cream mert, Mrs. Bill McKinney, Mrs. Steve Emmert and Mrs. Mark Strickland. Eating spinach is a good way to build up iron in the blood. r

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  1. The Wellington Leader,
  2. 08 Apr 1962, Sun,
  3. Page 6

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