"Three from Fayette" to Show at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art

Medearis, Schenk, and Crews work to be showcased

AH PosterThe Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art has been enjoying its lovely new space in Classic Hall on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette. The gallery plans to kick off its summer show with a reception on June 2 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. This show, "Three from Fayette," features three local artists who have found success in their talents. The three are Roger Medearis (1920-2001), Edna Schenk (1913-2007) and Monte Crews (1888-1946).

The show will run from June 2 to August 4. There is no cost to visit the Gallery.

In addition to celebrating the works of the three artists, there will be another Fayette guest artist at the reception. Nina Furstenau, a well-known teacher and writer, will be showcasing her new book Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, from 2-4 p.m. in the Gallery. Furstenau will be prepared for book signings and discussion for those who attend. Furstenau is also a member of the CMU Board of Trustees.

Medearis was born in Fayette and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute with Thomas Hart Benton and John DeMartelly. Medearis had several single-artist showings in New York City. During World War II he served the Navy in Washington, D.C., as a map draftsman. Shortly after that he put away his paint brush for 15 years, finally picking it back up in the mid-1960s when he began building his own studio.

Schenk studied at Central College--today Central Methodist University. She was not easily tied down to Missouri; Schenk traveled abroad to Europe where she practiced her artistic talents and was able to exhibit in multiple shows. In America she also held many single-artist shows including a show in The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Schenk left many paintings to the Gallery for its permanent collection.

Crews, a comic illustrator, was born in Fayette, as well, and worked there for a short period of time but spent much of his time drawing. His illustrations and magazine covers appeared in magazines such as Red Book, Saturday Evening Post, Liberty, Boys' Life, American Girl and the American Legion. Later in his life he spent nine years teaching illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute.

This will be the third show in the gallery's new location on the first floor of Classic Hall, which was reopened last fall after extensive renovations. The gallery is open Sundays and Tuesday through Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Disability parking is available in the west lot with access through the Courtney Entrance.

For information or to schedule a tour, contact Ashby-Hodge Curator Dr. Joe Geist, at 660-248-6304 (office), 660-248-6324 (gallery), or jegeist@centralmethodist.edu.



Originally posted May 28, 2013


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