Kalispell Montana 04/29/1951

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Kalispell Montana 04/29/1951 - THE INTER LAKE, Sunday, April 29, 1951 Lopps...
THE INTER LAKE, Sunday, April 29, 1951 Lopps Postponed Some Meals But Never Their Art Career his New York friends. They had contiual invitations to events in the city and weekends in the country. They loved New York -- "though ad- ··-.-.''·;-'; l ':'..'] I the city and weekends in '-..j?J~\ · · ·'· . . ' · .:'·:'.·-''·· \Ji i country. - : - : "-'. v .,, _;'1^.-.,^ i They loved New York--"tho ' " .f; i". v-'"' .-L-v : i*' ' it was exhaustinsr," Mrs. Lopp - · · ' i h : . ~: : r^- |V f"r " - r ;l i mitted . i · ' '· J .- ·.'.:?·'.»··« ^;'-'. y · "People stay up there day fi ,' : - »» 3 "* · i \ V-'M.' ^ I niffht," he husband added. i ' .4.'V~ti- -i . . . lJ,. * .. . . . and Happiest M o m e n t While in Now York they expe- ; rienced \vhnt was perhaps the 1 happiest moment in" their lives. Lopp's pictures were accepted for exhibition by the Milch gallery, one of the finest in tije city. Almost unknown to art circles . in the world's larpest city, the ! Lopps had approached Gotlieb, 1 manager of the srallery, concern- i inar the possibility ,of an exhibi- j tion there. j "We turn away hundreds of ar- I lists every day," was his answer. j "I don't think Milch will even interview you." Milch, overhearing this, called GLACIER PARK SCENE--Lecnard Lopp stands beside his P t c t u r e of a Glacier park stream in winter. In the earlier days he and Mrs. Lopp who live on the West Lake shore, would cam? out in the park all 'summer while they painted. Their lunch usually consisted of a can of beans and an orange. "We didn't miss a meal during | But in Montana they found ,,· earlv days as artists," say! new courage and strength. our early days as artists, .., the Leonard Lopps/ who live on the West Lake Shore near Lake- tide, "but we postponed an awful lot.' of them." . . Leonard Lopp, born in boutn Dakota, knew early in life tnat there was nothing he wanted to do as much as paint. ,' Living as a boy on his father s stock ranch,, he looked forward to the ' , day when he could study g. He sold newspapers to- moved the % 1- \J I* 4 *t^Vi J I ' l _ i O V ^ V ; ^ l ^ b . l L f , "The Montana people backed saul simply us," Leonard Lopp remarked. "We love the Montana people." out "Bring in f o u r canvases!" When Lopp had brousrht them to the gallery the stubby, cigar- chewing Austrian said, rather abruptly, "Well, unwrap them. I can't see them in the wrapping." A f t e r Lopp had nervously re- A C f Be They would camp out in the park all summer. Their lunch usually consisted of a can of beans and an orange apiece. Potato and onion soup would be the evening's bill-of-fare. Lopp, in trying to paint nature oaintm". ne soiu , lc w 31 ,»,-- -- "just as I see it," had leng before S that end when a boy, and abandoned the d o t a . l q c a W i c k later "hashed" in a "restaurant stroke" he had and was a fireman on a railroad studying art " " us art, tie r- i style' " much In the fires,' painting, learned while' ----the blizzards, tne piauic !.".-= i»*"'-'"b ··- -- ·*·-- ,, the cyclones The work on cattle, certain tones red and blue, say, the bianding the dehorning . re- · side by side. But when you stand pelled him as somewhat brutal, back a distance from the L picture But his father didn't want him to study art. . ~ In the opinion of his fattier, "All artists are drunkards." :' To' disprove this theory, the modest, likeable, stockily-built Lorn) has alwavs been a teetotaler. ~ Bv-his own "efforts .he put him- a necessary .intuition. self through two vcars ' at the "Like a pianist or violinist, a State Normal school in Madison, · painter nrust D « , a t his painting ·you see mauve, a new tone. That I call 'a vibration.' " "1 paint nature as I see it, except that nature is not always so kind as to give me a composition. That the artist must arrange himself. A feeling for composition is a necessary. intuition. S. where he V ' 111 i l l £ l U i ! 3 U l l ) ^ J t k t i t w w i . "· *-"- ·* -- · i- ~commenced every day. Otherwise his work - . ff ft "' wrappings, Milch and emphatically, "You c:in paint." Then he added, "Where arc the rest of the canvases? You may exhibit." As the Lopps were leaving the gallery the seemingly hard-boiled Milch beamed at them both and voiced a "God Bless you!" At present Lopp is perhaps the only artist in Montana that depends entirely'on the sales of his jictures for his income. Exhibit! Infrequently As his pictures sell rapidly, he s not enthusiastic about exhibiting. "I can't get together enough of my pictures at one time to make much of a showing." He plans, however, to exhibit at the Pressman's club in Spokane June 4-14, and he will also be represented at an exhibit of M.T.A. artists in Virginia City in June. He was recently requested to exhibit at Marshal Field's in Chicago and to be in readiness to show some paintings at the Metropolitan museum in New "CAT-WALK"--A wave from Flathead battered cat-walk in thU award-winning It received first-place in the estimation Brummond and the Rev. Eamonn Flathead Camera club in Vere's studio York. ·vyas graduated. on I Leonard Lopp believes that it he would be difficult t o p r o d u c e and Some of his work may be viewed in private homes in Kalispell, in the office of Johns Buick,f !nc., and at the Chamber of Com- teach at tlic same time. · tffer Completing his formal ed- "And though he can learn many iicatiS he launched himself im- theories from^eachers each ait- Sately upon an art career, de- ist must produce his own style, temined to depend entirely on My own gyle was |««-^eht. " "' the formerl Gradually, as MSmwret Alice ." Booth, met in Margaret began more and more £$££ Springs,-wh«. her fa- take over «,e ro e of business ther, who had died several years before, - h a d been unsuccessfully engaged'in gold mining. Leonard was in Colorado painting. When Artists Meet "We met," the Iowa-born, warm-smiling Mrs. Lopp recalls, "because Leonard had heard that time mercc. Mrs. Lopp, an artist in her own right, has sold pictures to art enthusiasts all over the United States. The career of her husband, however, is of greater consequence to her. Also of major importance to them is the boy whom they hope to adopt. He lives with them now as a member of their family, and i they are putting him through school. Mrs. Lopp drives him into Kalispell every day where he takes music lessons. In his paintings, Lopp is constantly mindful of what he terms color psychology. Too many blues and grays, he believes, make a person morbid, und ''greenish brown is perhaps the most morbid color of all. "Red is enervating and yellow the most cheerful color." i ' 525 · SELL IT WITH CLASSIFIEDS manager for the team, the sale of Leonard's paintings increased materially. Dr. -Harry McGregor of Great Falls saw a Lopp Glacier park scene at the home of one of his patients. He introduced the Lopps to W P Kennv then president of the j. too, was an arusc. . m. uiu num- * · "1 -''',"-'' L, . . 4 ^ _ m of, their marriage in 1918 he was - Great Northern. Kcnn put them 28 she 20. 1 on as sta " artists loi tne lau vouiw loTMp1e W In n Ovcg a o S n, during ("In that position they were able the depression, Leonard became 1 to sell paintings directly to tour- compIeTelv discouraged for the 5 B ts at the Many Glacier hotel, first time in his life. He felt he George Howe, head Keep on with it." He kept on with it. In 1035 they came to Montana, I th. New York. "Leonard did'nt think he was good enough," Mrs. Lopp re- "absomtelv broke," and got a marked with a smile." room in Great Falls. It cost ?4 a, Kenny, however ««isted. He , vpo i t I made the Lopps -his house guests ? "It was more-than we could af- at his Fifth avenue apartment for iord," Mrs. Lopp commented. ' a month, and introduced them to WE DO NOT WE INVITE COMPARISON! 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  1. The Daily Inter Lake,
  2. 29 Apr 1951, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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