Kenneth Stubbs
(American artist, 1907-1967)

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Art Club Landscapes

Nearly 50 paintings by members of the Landscape Club (40 years old this year) occupy all three exhibition rooms at the Arts Club, through March 13. As in former shows of this venerable organization, naturalistic works constitute a large majority. The members are content to select attractive scenes and to transcribe them as they see them. Most of the artists are showing two or more works each, in various media.

Henry Olson's oil painting, "Industry," received the silver medal. He has turned a commonplace subject into a cheerful composition, helped by the natural beauty of the setting. Bronze medals went to Gustav Trois' pastel, "Circus Gaiety," depicting crowds outside the colorful tents; and to Edward Grove's quiet little oil, "November," in which a couple of men are warming themselves before an improvised fire.

Honorable mentions were awarded William F. Walter for his little water color, "Sailing Marina," convincingly wet looking and Stuart Freeman for his ink and wash "Interlude No. 3," also nauticalA few of the artists have effective works in modern idioms. Robert Willis' abstraction, "Dock Forms," a closely knit pattern of black lines on blue, is outstanding. Richard Collins' "R. R. No. 1, Silver Spring" is a strong design of tree trunks in snow. Lee Atkyns has used the shapes of cathedral windows and spires in his water color.

Newman Sudduth, of the Star's art staff, is showing a large oil of a boat tied to a wharf in rushes--one of the best paintings I have seen by him. Kenneth Stubbs' "Carcassonne Rooftops," (casein) has considerable pictorial charm. Long-time members of the club, Minor Jameson, Robert Motley and Garnet Jex, are represented with oils characteristic of their uncomplicated approaches to painting.

Rowland Lyon's two "Cats," one of the few prints on view, has a touch of humor.

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Florence S. Berryman, Washington Star, March 1, 1953, page E-6