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ExhibitionistSpringEmail2011

ExhibitionistSpringEmail2011

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E
xhibitionist
THE
spring 2011
In this Issue:
 
• Lady in Pink
page 3
• National ExhibitComing to Coutts
page 7
• Member Focus:Jeremy Sundgren
page 8
2011 Board of Trustees
Richard AlbrightMike ArnettJennifer CallawayJackie ClarkJim ClementsDania CrawfordJoyce DemoFrank FreemanSherry HermreckBill KloeblenConnie PhillipsJeremy SundgrenMark UtechConnie WaltonAlexandra White
Contact us:
couttsmuseum.org360eldorado.com
facebook.com/couttsmuseum110 N. Main StreetEl Dorado, KS 67042316.321.1212
THE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF THE COUTTS MUSEUM OF ART
 
Upcoming Events:
April 19
Brown BagLunch Program -Alan Brooks ArtTalk
May 17
Brown BagLunch Program -Billie Preston & RobinRoberts music
May 31
Happy 41st Birth-day to the Coutts!Cake and Ice Cream onthe sidewalk and elevatorrides!
June 14 - August 13
PaintAmerica Top100national exhibit
June 18
Membership BusTrip to Abilene
June 21
Brown BagLunch Program -TBA
July 9
PaintAmericaTop100 Artists Reception
July 16
1st Annual CouttsNational Art Sale &Auction event
July 21
2nd QuarterCoutts Board of TrusteesMeeting
Suggestions& Ideas
Have a suggestion or anidea you’d like to seeconsidered at the Coutts?Maybe an exhibit idea, or asuggestion for Brown BagPrograms? We’re alwaysopen to new ideas. Pleasesee Terri or Rod at the mu-seum and let us know.
From the Director... “The New Coutts”
Being new to the Coutts and to El Dorado this year, I want
to rst thank everyone for the kind and warm welcomeI’ve received. My rst couple of months here have been a
whirlwind as we work to make “the New Coutts” a reality. Ialso want to thank the Board of Directors for their forward-thinking attitude and vision. It’s an exciting time to be asso-ciated with the Coutts!“The New Coutts” starts with a construction project to add
an elevator and new stairway system to all oors of themuseum. This project is in progress, and should be nished
by the end of May. Not only will it make our museum ac-cessible to all, the remodeled areas will also serve as the“prototype” for future renovation. The next phase will be determined soon, and it willbring more exciting changes to the museum.
Our core focus for the remainder of the year will be on these ve areas:• the collection• exhibitions• programs• the visitor experience, membership development and attendance• a campaign for continued future improvement to our facility
It is my intent to use the accreditation protocols, best practices, institutional ethics andstandards of the American Association of Museums as a guideline for strategic planningand improving the museum operations.There are many changes underway, some are “behind the scenes” and others will bemore visible. This new quarterly newsletter, “The Exhibitionist” is just one of thesechanges. Please read the articles in this issue and stay tuned to see what comes next. Iinvite you to drop by anytime so I can get to know each of you, and I also welcome yourideas and suggestions as together, we build “The New Coutts” into a vibrant destinationfor all to enjoy.
Cally Krallman Painting Acquisition
After her recent exhibition hereat the Coutts, Kansas painterCally Krallman has agreed toallow the Coutts to acquire“Golden Twilight” with herdonating a substantial portionof the purchase price.This painting is a beautiful
Kansas landscape that ts in
very well with the artistic focusof our collection of AmericanArt, particular Midwestern art.If you would like to contribute toward the acquisition costs of this wonderful painting,contact Rod Seel at 316.321.1212.
Got Facebook?
Be sure to “like” us at:
www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum
 
Native-Born Artist’s Work Has A ProminentPlace In The Coutts’ Collection
“Lady in Pink” has hung in the same loca
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tion in the museum since it was donated in1978. The painting is an oil on canvas, full-gure portrait measuring 51” X 68.” Theartist, Gladys Nelson Smith, was born in1890 in the Chelsea area, ten miles northof El Dorado.
 
Gladys began drawing pictures almost assoon as she could hold a pencil. She recallsthe rapture of receiving a gift of her rstbox of colored crayons on the Christmasshe was four years old. Creativity withcolor and line has absorbed her life eversince.
 
In 1899 her parents, Butler County pio
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neers Joseph Kibler and Ida May BrownNelson, took their family to live at anotherfarm they owned near Cassoday. HereGladys completed the grades in SycamoreSprings School. The family early recog
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nized her talents, allowing her to submitand win every prize for drawing, poetryand story in the children’s magazine, St.Nicholas. Gladys came back to El Doradofor her high school years, then enrolledat the University of Kansas at Lawrence, spending all possible time drawing andpainting. She graduated from the Schoolof Fine Arts in 1918. That summer shemarried Errett Garrison Smith, graduateof the University’s School of Law, just be
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fore he left for a year’s service in France.Over the next several years Gladys con
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tinued painting, winning seven rst prizesat the Topeka State Fair in 1921 in everycategory she entered. The newspaper’scommentator said of her work, “The samemasterful sweep of color and interpreta
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tion is signicantly present in all seven of 
Story by Terri Scott“Lady in Pink,” Gladys Nelson Smith, 51”x68” oil on canvas(continued on page 4)

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