Fifty years of art
This coming December will be 50 years since I painted the Sermon on The Mount mural in St. Francis de Sales Church at 103 E. Kay St. The building is now Trinity Church of God in Christ. I stopped in to visit with Pastor Rick Jackson and to look at the mural and check the date. The idea for that mural came from Mrs. Tom Pulley Jr. when she painted a mural before 1955 in the Baptist Church down the street at 116 E. Kay. That building is now the Apostolic Deliverance Tabernacle. Mrs. Pulley also arranged the first meeting to establish the Delaware Township Fire Department in May 1946. This was held in the grade school gym, which is now Zinser Apartments.
At that time, I was painting small oil paintings and had never painted a mural. I bought a book on Mural Painting by Ralph Mayer, and he strongly recommended not painting directly on the wall. So I made a pattern of the area above the altar and built the frame in the church basement the first week. I covered the frame with canvas and painted it the second week, and it still looks good. If it had been painted directly on the wall it would not have lasted this long.
Just recently I was asked to have a one-man show at the Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth for the month of April. I am a member of the Leavenworth County Artist's Association, which helped turn the old Carnegie Library into a wonderful art center that offers many drawing and painting classes for children and adults.
The exhibit is called "50 Years of Art". I will be showing portraits and landscapes that started way back when and also drawings of newspaper comics that I did when I was 11 years old.
The reception for my art show is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Carnegie, 601 S. Fifth St. in Leavenworth. You are invited.