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Sunday, March 31, 1940
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Page Two THE PALM BEACH POST-TIMES Sunday Morning, March 31, 1940 Pal m Beach Art League Has .Interesting History By MRS. MARV AYLESHIRE The Palm Beach Art League has a dramatic, interesting history. The first artists who came to Palm Beach found the island occupied by colored people along the ridge, which was known as the Styx. The ocean front was used as a stockade for the mules which were being used in converting the swamps into pools and lakes for the estates which were being opened facing the lake front. Miss Laura Woodward, born in New York State in 1829, had been in Florida for sometime. She had been painting at Anastasia Island at St. Augustine and there had met Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Flagler. Fascinated by the description of this verdant island, Miss Woodward came down to this community, then known as Lake Worth and lived in a tent while the Royal Poinciana was under construction. Mr. Flagler was so anxious to have an artist established in the hotel that he ordered her studio to be one of the first rooms completed. Here Miss Woodward maintained her studio for many years but always did her painting in the open; the sunlit trails and the cabins of the colored workmen being among her favorite subjects. This was before the day of bridges and paved highways; the trails and the lake being the only thoroughfares. Miss Josephine Lindlcy was also here when Miss Daisy Erb arrived from Portland, Maine, and Washington in 1908. Other artists soon joined the fast growing group of residents, and they formed a sketch club. When Jane Peterson and Isabel Vernon Cooke came down from New York, they stimulated further interest, and assisted in organizing the Palm Beach County Art Club in 1922 with Miss Daisy Erb as the first president. Augustus Goodyear Heaton succeeded Miss Erb. About this time the first large exhibition was held in the Woman's Club, augmented by a display from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Mr. C. Percival Dietsch of Lyme, Conn., had been awarded the Prix de Rome in Europe, and came to add his interests to the group. R. Sherman Winton, who executed the celebrated murals in the Cos-don home at Palm Beach, now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dillman, was the third president. By this time the island was highly developed architecturally and socially. The League had held an exhibition in 1he Everglades Arcade and many more artists had joined their ranks, including Mrs. James Asher, J. Bmntfry Smith, Mallory Will.son, J. J. Holletibeck, Ella Weeks Menohcr, Carrie B. Knapp, Emma Moore, Hona Roberts Donnell, Mrs. Elspcth Jackson Morrison, Charles N. Dutton, painter of Seminolrs, John A. Herman, Corrine McKennry of 1he Art Institute of Chicago, Harold Helveston, now of Hollywood. Helveston's drawing of Snow White for the Walt Disney film, and his work in dramatics have brought him renown from coast to coast. The late Dr. Frank Landon Humphreys succeeded Mr. Winton and was one of the most distinguished and versatile members of the club. Having been honored in the world of letters, music and sculpture, it was but natural that Dr. Humphreys' sons should become artists Malcolm and David were here in their student days, and Malcolm has been a consistent exhibitor, winning high honors at the National Academy, and having his picture purchased for permanent exhibition by the government in Washington. Dr. Humphreys succeeded in having the name of the organization changed to the Palm Beach Art League. Eric Geske, the next president, was renowned as an etcher. His flower studies in water color are most unusual, as he studied the flowers under the microscope to discover the detail of composition which he enlarged in fascinating designs. Miss Ethelyn Wood arrived from study in Europe through a traveling fellowship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She was also a consistent prize winner in local and State exhibitions. C. Bosseron Chambers, the gifted young painter from the Middle West, was welcomed into the group, but his ability demanded a broader scope, and he moved on to New York where he attained world renown as a painter of religious subjects. His "Light of the World" one of the first to be reproduced is still a great favorite in many countries, and fascinating tales are told by travelers who have seen it in most out-of-the-way places. One of Mr. Chambers' recent commissions included eight great panels for a church in Chicago. During the years from 1919 the annual exhibition has been held at the Woman's Club as a part of the work of the Fine Arts Committee which was inaugurated by Mrs. J. B. O'Hara during her administration as president of the Woman's Club. For twenty years Miss Daisy Erb was chairman of this committee, during which time she won honors at the Paris Exposition, the World's Fair at San Francisco and in St. Louis. A versatile painter in all media Miss Erb distinguished , herself by her hand-wrought jewelry and handicraft. The records of the Art League indicate that Mrs. John F. Kirk-ton held the longest term of office, serving as secretary and be-(Continued on Next Page) Wide Variety Is Listed In Norton Art Collection TITLE Indians on Horses Going Over Trail Repose, (nude) Bather Self-portrait Girl at Window Niagara Falls Cedarburc Saturday Afternoon Ruby Green Singing (Negro cabaret singer) Landscape Sunset, Blowing Rock Landscape with sheep "Cfllvnsn" seated woman, nartlv nude Pasqualita Indian child with flowers Russian peasants building in back ground Heart of Man Sidewalks of New York tenement district Strlne Motif (abstraction) Off Marblehcad Marine Portrait of Boy flntherer Snow Scene Hillside Indian in foreground Landscape with River The Burial Hilda nude, partly draped with white bath robe. Railroad Track "An Old Pal" portrait of old woman St. Martin in the Tyrol mountain landscape Still Life iar of flowers on table The Power Dory Marine Marie Portrait Girl at table with still life "When Spring Comes" still life Landscane with houses Repose nude lying on sofa Will River Mill-Pond, old building landscape Idyl of the Sea two nudes Concert Stage Portrait Yoland in Gray Tippet Red Farmhouse ana warn Peonies Sun, the Painter. Woman in Blue, Reading Bali Ceremonial Landscape (winter) with stream "Callers" Indians on horses at gate Iron-bound Coast Marine Study In Red Brick and Moss Green County Schools (Continued from Page One) Gallery and School of Art will be an educational and cultural asset to the curriculum of the schools nf this entire area and will, I feel sure, bring enrichment into the lives of thousands who are in our schools today and many thousands who will follow them in the years to come. As this enrichment: becomes manifest in the individuals it will he reflected into the community with the development of new cultural standards. It is, therefore, very easy to visualize the far reaching effects of this institution in the lives of individuals, the community, and the State. It is with pleasure that I claim the privilege of speaking for the teachers and pupils of our schools, as well as for the Board of Public Instruction and myself, in expressing our appreciation for this wonderful n"w community and educa tional asset. AVOID LEADING PARADES lit ti mtlii i ry n SM JAM A There no need Jo play y -j nurse-maid to a Jjock of t VtvA I ' n hand luggafir. One or two j j" WsAJ piece id sufficient ... Irt a yij) w j Ilartmann wanlrolie rare y ' for tha rest, Ilartmann VwTX travel without your at- fff , 7v i i Si A trntion and arrive with I VTi I Til your apparrl wrinlile free, I ( f f I Srt nh . . jul a it left home. I J rV l I HARTMANN WARDROBE TRUNKS $35 '200 00 Other Fine Make Wardrobe Trunk From f!0.00 I'p. MYERS LUGGAGE SHOP 329 CLEMATIS ST. Luggage For Every Puri and Purpose Following is a list of the paintings in the Ralph H. Norton Art Collection to be placed in the new gallery, the selection being sub ject to change by the donors: AMERICAN ARTIST O. E. Berninghaus, A. N. A. Louis Betts, N. A. ' Adolph Borie, N. A. Robert Brackman, A. N. A. Alexander Brook Emil Carlsen, N. A. Francis Chapin James Chapin Elliott Daingerfield, N. A, Louis Paul Dessar, N. A. Jerry Farnsworth, N. A. Nicolai Fechin Leon Gaspard Frank Duveneck John R. Grabach Wm. C. Grauer Childe Hassam, N. A. Robert Henri, N. A. Eugene Higgins, N. A. Victor Higgins, N. A. George Inness Walter Krawiec Leon Kroll, N. A. Ernest Lawson, N. A. George Luks Hobart Nichols, N, A. Henry Lee McFee Ross Moffett, A. N. A. Ivan G. Olinsky, N. A. Robert Phillip, A. N, A. Hoosep Pushman Henry W. Ranger Louis Ritman Chauncey F. Ryder, N. A. Flora Schoficld Everett Shinn John Sloan W. Granville Smith, N. A. Eugene Speicher, N. A. Francis Speight, A. N. A. Robert Spencer, N. A. Maurice Sterne Gardner Symons, N. A. Walter Ufer, N. A. Fred'k. J. Waugh, N. A. James McNeil Whistler WATERCOLORS Pearl Street Loafers Grouse in Dark Woods Lavoir in Finistere St. Geniez, France "In the Swamp" Third Class Funeral Eaten and to be Eaten Boats Under Trees Banana Plantation, Jamaica Choir Boys Mexican Shacks Darkening Gulf Kalamazoo River Mountain Landscape Bather nude Mistral Sailboat, under wav The Storm La Force Bailey . Frank W. Benson George Elmer Browne George Elmer Browne Chas. E. Burchfie'd George Grass George Grass W. Emerton Heitland Jos. W. Jicha Walt. Louderback Grant T. Reynard Millard Sheets Wallace Stege Frederic Tellander John Worf John Worf John Worf ENGLISH 18TH CENTl'RY Francis Lemuel Abbott Sir William Bcechey John Singleton Copley William Etty John E. Ferneley Sir Thas. Gainsborough Sir Thas. Gainsborough Sir Thas. Gainsborough Sir Thos. Gainsborough John Hoppner Sir Thomas Lawrence Sir Peter Lely John Opie, R. A. William Orven Sir Henry Raeburn Sir Henry Raeburn Sir Henry Raeburn Sir Joshua Reynolds George Romney George Romney Eugene Carriere Vincenzo Colucci Gustave Courbet Gustave Courbet Marie Dieterle Jules Dupre Sugene Fromentln Ar. Lee Hankey Raymond Kanelba Moise Kisling Marie Laurenein Frans. Maserell Adnlphe Monticclli B. Pothast Adillon Redon Auguste Renoir Augustin Theodule Ribot Giovanni Romagnoli Fritz Thaulow Maurice Utrillo Maurice Utrillo Maurice de Vlamlnck Felix Ziem Community Ideals (Continued from Page One) an extensive system of parks, lakes, and the wonderful sea with its ever changing, vari-colored waters, and its attractive and health-giving beaches. The work of garden clubs, zoning, planning, and beautincation committees is evident. Finally we have culture. The Woman's Club, Music Study Club, the Art League, - the Delphians, the Federation of Church Women, the Forum, Romanies, the city and school bands, and various smaller clubs all have functioned for years, lifting the standard of the arts. The Society of the i our Arts, organized in Palm Beach some four years since, has made rapid progress. It is at home in a beautiful new two-story building, with ample grounds and elaborate gardens. It has presented an attractive program each season and has maintained a summer studio school each year, all of which have helped the entire community become more art-minded. Comes Mr. Ralph H. Norton, formerly of Chicago, now a resident of West Palm Beach, who is giving the community one of the finest private collections of paintings in the United States. It has been officially appraised and approved by the Art Institute of Chicago, which would gladly receive it. The collection represents both the American and English schools, with over 100 canvases by contemporary artists of the century. Better still, Mr. Norton plans to house Mie collection and endow it. He also plans to erect a suitable building for a school of art, the natural issue of such a center, and to help it on its way. What a sst-up for culture In the Palm Beaches! Take all the cultural units we have enjoyed, plus the Society of the Four Arts, with its excellent program, then add this new venture in art, the light of which is just dawning upon us, and let it be the complement to all that has been and is. Whon one realizes the transforming power of a flower to change a sick room from gloom to cheer, of a song to change the course of a life, and a painting to steady the sten and mould character, then who can measure the potentiality of a whole collection of paintings? The mere announcement of this magnanimous gift does something to us. It exalts and refines our spirits. It thrills us and inspires the best that is in us all. A great surge of corporate gratitude rises from this city to our benefactor. Yes, today everyone is saying: "Thank you Mr. Norton. God bless you, and may your joy and satisfaction in this great act be exceeded only by the continuous sense of appreciation and enjoyment of those who benefit therefrom." Portrait of David Hartley Portrait, Col. Abercrombie Lord Cornwallis Nude English Gentleman in Riding Costume Mrs. Baddeley as Imogen Girl with Pigs Portrait of Man John Hill Landscape Portrait of a Gentleman Portrait of a Lady Lady Stanley as Diana Dr. Samuel Johnson Self portrait Portrait of James Farrer George Bruce, Esq. of Langley The Hon. Mrs. Geo. Patterson of Castle Huntley Rohinetta Child with bird Portrait of Mr. Justice Beard Portrait of a Woman EVROrEAN The Favorite Toy The Zattere Ducal Palace Palette of the Artist Still Life Fruit on table Cows in landscape Landscape The Rest. Oriental with horses The Market Place at Dieppe Portrait of Mme. Mullard "Martiniguaise" "La Mantille Noire" "L Retanj" Empress Eugenie and Attendants Dutch Interior Flowers Man with Carnation Woman Seated "Cabaret" Stream in winter with brick building Rue de Montmartre Petite Eglise dc Camagne Village Street Grand Canal, Venice "Bather" by Adolph Bories is a nude, and took third Clark Prize of $1,000 and bronze medal at the Corcoran Triennial, 1926. Mr. and Mrs. Norton reserve the right to substitute other paintings at their discretion. The late Dr. Robert Harsche, former curator of the Chicago Art Institute has said of the Norton collection that it compared favorably with any of the collections in the smaller museums of the country. An Appreciation (Coilinued from Page One) gift, we become custodians of a cultural asset for men everywhere who would join us to enjoy it. We are certain that lovers of art everywhere share in our rejoicing. Our appreciation for the generosity of the donors and for the interest of those who have assisted with the plans to bring this art collection to our city must necessarily be limited at this time to mere words. Through words, we attempt to express our feelings of thankfulness occasioned by the announcement of this gift to the public. As time goes on and the years blend into decades, as they are wont to do, the public's appreciation will take on a finer expression. All persons whose genius for creative art is stimulated and given opportunity for expression and all persons whose lives-are richer and whose powers of aesthetic appreciation are strengthened and whose joy of life enhanced thereby will in themselves be' expressions of the' appreciation which words are inadequate to express. Not the least significant expression of that appreciation will be the young people and the men and women who may, for the first time, come under the influence of fine art. This new appreciation for art will, in itself, be expressive of a fine appreciation to the donors for their benefaction. Life and living will take on new significance for many of us because as the philosopher Santayana so poetically says, "Art springs so completely from the heart of man that it makes everything speak to him in his own language; it reaches, nevertheless, so truly to the heart of nature that it cooperates with her, becomes a parcel of her creative material energy, and builds by her instinc tive hand." The donors have indeed added to the cultural structure of the community. I N P E R S O N f I N P E R S O N H. V. KALTENBORN AMERICA'S ACE COMMENTATOR WILL SPEAK IN PERSON AT THE PALM BEACH BILTM0RE HOTEL Thursday, April 4th at 8:45 P. M. Presented by Florida Bankers Association Mr. Kaltenborn will talk on world affair and will answer questions presented him by anyone In ' the audience. Admission $1.50 Plus Tax includes dancing in the Terrace Grill of the Biltmore Hotel Tickets Now on Sale at First National Bank Palm Beach Florida Bank & Trust Co., West Palm Beach Lake Worth National Bank West Palm Beach Atlantic National Bank FT Business Men's Art Club Sketches Today Members of the new Business Men's Art Club are reminded that the first sketching trip will 'be made at 2 o'clock this afternoon to Kerr's Boatyard. H. P. Nichols is president, and Frank Edward Lloyd, instructor. The class is strictly for amateurs. Psychologists at the University of California are studying 165 African lions, to learn about their abilities and traits. 1,000 HEW ACCOUNTS WANTED Kjiamor-ize YOUR FURNITURE WITH SWANKS SLIP COVERS The new inexpensive way to redecorate your home Special This Week Only ZPIECES . . . REGULAR $30.00 UPHOLSTERY 45c DOWN 50c WEEKLY PALM BEACH MATHER Opposite Legion Arena 434 CLEMATIS ST. PHONE 6254 Chamber Of Commerce KD STl'MTF, HMMLrj Elsewhere in this newspaper you will read of the educational and cultural advantages which, through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Norton, have been so graciously conferred on our city. Naturally, the membership of the Chamber of Commerce, for whom I speak, recognize and fully appreciate these phases of this outstanding gift. However, there Is another phase; one which is, in a sense, commercial, yet which is also of great Importance to West Palm Beach. I refer to the attraction this development will have for visitors. Ocala has Its Silver Springs; Lake Wales has its Bok Tower; and many other communities in Florida boast a distinguishing tourist attraction. Of course, we have many attractions here. We have the Sailfish Sector of the Gulf Stream; we have excellent beaches; we have many facilities for recreation and entertainment. But Mr. and Mrs. Norton's gift gives us more than these. We now have something of value to everyonesomething that interested persons will travel far to see. And what person Isn't interested in art? This museum and school will stimulate and develop our culture, our background; and these same opportunities will be attracting many more visitors, who seek the same opportunities. We want the rest of the country to know about this gift. We want prospective winter visitors to know they can obtain this great advantage here. The establishment of West Palm Beach as a cultural center has taken a step forward through this gift, and the Chamber of Commerce, of course, intends to keep step. Printed literature outlining various aspects of the museum and school will be distributed by the Chamber of Commerce, and the opportunities now available here through this gift will be publicized as widely as possible. West Palm Beach has received a great gift. Now, let's tell the rest of the world about It! The lid of a trap-door spider's underground den is often so tight that the defense quarters are practically gas-proof. The elements caesium and rubidium are usually found in metallic ores together. MPORTA KIT mot ia n mm t V) PALM 434 Clematis St. Because we work on small profits to do large volume, we were able to make gentlemen's agreements with 'well known makers of mattresses and box springs to absorb their surplus stocks. With these agreements we were censored. We could not publicly divulge the maker's name because these mattresses and springs were normally selling for $24.50 each to $29.50 each. Now comes an important event. The maker of a famous brand of spring filled mattresses and box springs whose merchandise retails from coast to coast from $24.50 each to $29.50 each came to us with a stock so large we felt that we could not obligate ourselves to such an extent without some concession. After much hesitation, we accepted this stock with this provision we would not publicly advertise the name provided the merchandise would be shipped with the labels. This stock is now in our possession with the maker's labels and we are featuring them for sale at $14.95 each. Not over twelve to a customer. Box springs to match, $14.95 each. Every customer will be guaranteed 100 satisfaction or his money refunded with no questions asked. AGH MATHER ACROSS FROM LEGION ARENA Phone 6254

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