The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, December 21, 1901, Image 1
lgl.lT!l N V VOL. XVI, NO. LI LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SATU11DAY, DECEMBEH 1901 ESTABLISHED IN 1S80 NEBRASKA ART EXHIBIT This Year's Hangings to Include Many Notable Works of Painters A group of nine pictures to be shown at the approaching ninth exhibit of the Nebraska. Art Association is re produced on this page. These pictures were hung at the Pan-American as they appear in the cut and will he ar ranged thus at the exhibition. Mr. Samuel T. Shaw, a devoted patron of art, offers prizes to the artists whose pictures are admitted to the annual exhibit of The Society of American Artists, and these nine pictures have taken the prizes in the exhibits of the society held in New York from 1S90 to 1892. Before this group at the Pan American there was al ways a company of interested spectators, arstists and the art loving discussing the merits and criticising the color, composition and atmosphere. Mr. Shaw, who loans the pictures to the Ne- Kf braska Art Association, is a sincere lover of art and appreciates Its In fluence in increasing the joy of living. After he had promised Ne braska the group the Charleston exposition managment was anx ious to secure it, but he had given his word and the commissioners were unsuccessful. When the story of this period of the world's history is writ ten it will be seen that although there had been sporadic cases of kindness and benevo lence in previous centuries, it was not until the last quarter of the nineteenth century it was accounted a disgrace for the rich man to die rich. The so- Ulists and preachers of brotherliness have convicted the rich of sin if they fail to look out for the men and women who, for one reason or another, are denied books, pictures, travel and-culture. Cain's question is just being answered and the strong who have won the race by reason of greater strength and better birth constitute themselves their "brother's keeper." It is in harmony with this spirit of the age that Mr. Shaw offers prizes to the artists and sends his pictures to us. To make men and women he has never seen happier by glimpses of color and composition that would otherwise be confined to New York or the larger cities of the east Is Mr. Shaw's pure motive. There Is precedent for coin eluding that his benevolence will he fruitful. The receipts last year from the exhibit of the society were $2,200. After the expenses of the exhibit were met, there was enough to buy three Pictures: The Heath, by Andre Dau chez. Vibrant Notes of Autumn, by George Gardner Symonds, and Under the Trees, by Elizabeth Nourse. He- sides there were seven of the exhibition pictures sold to private individuals. 'Paintings by Falkner, Walden, Sousa , Pinto, Couse, Blenner, and Parker, were bought by Lincoln people sAid have been a source of light and inspir ation ever since. The Nebraska Art Association is a rechristened and reorganized Haydon Art Club. In eleven years after its organization the Haydon Art Club held six annual exhibits. The first one fects none but the artist Is able to as- , sign to its source. As examples of what the best artists are doing, the pictures now on their way to Lincoln are unrivaled. The pictures of the group, each one of which has been awarded the Shuw prize, are by II. O. Walker, William M. Chase, Edmond C. Tarbell. George W. Maynard, Irving It. Wiles. George It. Barse, Jr.. Douglas Volk. Frank W. Benson and Theodore Robinson. The ollicers of the Association are: President, Mr. F. M. Hall. Vice Presi dent, Dr. Iowrey. Corresponding Sec retary, Miss Sara Hayden, Recording Secretary, Mrs. A. S. Raymond. Treas urer, Mr. A. G. Greenlee. Board of Di rectors: all the preceding ollicers and Chancellor K. Benjamin Andrews. Mrs. Langworthy of Seward, President Per ry of Doane college. Professors Fling and Hodgman. and Mr. Plym. GROUP OF PICTURES IN NEBRASKA ART EXHIBIT. WHICH OPENS DECEMBER 26 exhibited Piloty's Wise and Foolish Virgins. It is a far cry from Piloty's "Virgins" to a landscape by Sousa Pinto. The "Virgins," poor, tardy girls, werer, or rather are (for they are embalmed in paint), painted In the hard old German style. They stand on a dais, solid as rock but no more rigid than the light which falls upon them. As I remember it the picture has no vibration, no tender mystery of atmos phere melts the outlines. But the "Vir gins" is a splendid example of the old style and made an excellent beginning for the exhibitions of pictures by art ists of a later school. The first ex hibit of real merit was held In the armory of Grant Memorial hall in lSDt. The pictures were loaned by the West ern Art Association of Chicago, and among them was that remarkable study of firelight by Frank Benson, one of whose pictures will be shown in the coming exhibition. This picture In spired Miss Parker, the teacher of painting at the university, to paint a girl illumined by lamplight, a picture full of the tender vibrations and soft, warm shadows of this kind of light. Such a direct effect on creative art is one of the results always hoped for in these exhibits. Doubtless many have 1,,-en stirred to an a.tivity whose ef- Abotit a hundred pictures will be Ex hibited and President Hall says that the average will be higher than any exhibit yet held. This annual exhibit has come to be a feature of the year and none of the educational opportuni ties here are more inspiring and stimu lating. l TIu' exhibition will open on the even ing of December 26th. with a reception under the auspices of the Patriarchs. This social organization is planning to make this reception a social event in the history of the art association. On that evening the first year book ever issued by the art association will be distributed to all of its annual mem bers. This book will contain an his torical sketch of everything that has been done in an art way by the Hay don Art club and its successor, the Ne braska Art association. Many people no doubt will be surprised on reading this book to find what has been accom plished along art lines in this city through this association. It will con tain the names of all the charter mem bers whose names have been given to the secretary or treasurer on or before the closing of the hooks last evening. It will recall many pleasant memories and associations connected with the early struggle of the Haydon Art club in its efforts to awaken mid stimulate an Interest In art In our city. Being a "charter member" of this association means more than the mere contribution of a dollar to the funds of the society. It means that every mem ber who has Joined the association has and is contributing, not only his dol lar, but his energy, his encouragement and his moral support to the building up of such an earnest art sentiment la this community that shall ultimately result in the establishment of a per manent art gallery here which shall contain the pictures of the finest art ists in this country, and when this Is accomplished all those who have lx-en charter members of the associate will look back upon its work with pride and satisfaction. Plans are being formulated for next year to broaden and strengthen the association in many ways. It Is hoped that these new plans will be consumated during the present exhibition. The year book will not be mailed to resi dent members, but will be delivered to them at the art gallery. The book will, however, be mailed to non-resident members. The list of painters given herewith is In dicative of the high character of the entire exhibition. The big room wherein the pic tures are hung Is well adapted to the purpose, and Is convenient of access to the public. The picture exhibit has become a feature of the state teachers' association which meets in Lincoln every year because of the university. Several hundred teachers and superintendents look forward to the exhibit with justifiable ardor. By their good report and criticism the influence of the pictures is carried to the interior and frontiers of the state, and deserves the co-operation of every citizen. Gold Increase In the November number of the International Monthly ProfessorShaler. the Harvard geologist, estimates that on account of improved machinery and processes it costs now only about a third as much as in 1S50 to get gold out of lodes and veins. Miners are work ing with profit mines that have been abandoned as not worth the labor. Professor Shaler thinks that In the next twenty years mines that are now considered of little value will yield five hundred million dollars a year. But the chief value will accrue from placer mining, which is washing the gold out of accumulations of detritus made by the decay of gold-bearing rock. "The use of dredges in handling pay dirt of this sort and the cheapening of other processes have made so much differ ence that within twenty years this sort of mining alone is likely to yield as much gold as all the mines yield now." In 1S99 the earth produced gold valued at $307,000,000. So in twenty years ac cording to Dr. Shaler the annual pro duction may be JS00.000.000.