Jack and Georgia Olsen, the directors of the American Legacy Gallery, opened up their showcase home to their friends in the Nelson Atkins Print Society Saturday.
Members enjoyed viewing paintings, prints, sculpture and pottery in the private collection, amassed over a thirty-five year period. Double click to see photos enlarged.
People milled around looking at exquisite block prints, etchings, lithographs, charcoals, drawings and delicious paintings on the upper and lower level of the Olsen Estate. I caught up with my friend Paula
Winchester, as she was eying prints by the staircase, and she offered some thoughts.
KM: So, are there anything in particular that you are really enjoying?
PW: Oh, just, I am enjoying looking, a little bit of everything..looking at the frames, how they have a sequence. So I was talking to Jack, that they will try to use the same frame with the same motif so that they can cluster them together. That's really neat.
PW: Just the bronze work and everything. All exciting!
KM: They have a really good space, it's not all cluttered, there is room to move around in.
PW: And still see so many things. My friend that I brought, we found a pot upstairs in one of her cases, and we got to find out about what she knows about the artist. 'Cause we found one at a flea market, and we kind of wanted to know..
KM: Wow. Sweet. Yeah, sure, sure.
PW: You know, I don't know, it looks so similiar. So, anyway, do you have a favorite yet?
KM: Really haven't focused so much.
PW: It is so nice how things go together.. It's not just a picture.
KM: Oh yeah. How they got a picture, but they have given attention to the pieces that are next to it as well.
CW: This one here? Robert Daughters.
CW: Robert Daughters. He's from the conservatory in St. Joseph. He passed away two years ago.
KM: So, that is done by somebody from here.
CW: He spent a lot of time down in Santa Fe, Taos, and Tuscon. Probably influenced by Impressionism. He used to work, he was an illustrator at Hallmark for a period of time.
KM: Actually the embellishments here (in the painting) go along nicely with (the swiggles in the gold-leaf frame) stuff that is going on here.
VH: These are by the same person.
CW: He did those as well. These are his silkscreens. Four churches in the Taos, Santa Fe area.
KM: Those are silkscreens? They almost look like pastel.
VH: Although they don't have the swirls, they do have the same textural feel as in the paintings.
CW: Good eye!
KM: I like his bright colors.
More about Robert Daughters http://www.artend.com/robertdaugthers.html
That was the first time I got to see a wood engraving by Ernest Hubert Deines (above) When I did research on Fred Geary, the wood engraver from Carrollton, MO, Deines was a friend and did Geary's biography after he died. The piece is called "Flowers of Westport." Deines came from Kansas. Karl Marxhausen
We like the kinds of art in the Olsen collection. The same is true for the paintings and prints at the American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City. It's our kind of art. Eric and Jane