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Clayton H. Staples – “Staples Art Studio, Cucharas Camps”

Clayton Henri Staples (American, 1892-1978) was an accomplished watercolorist, oil painter, and educator critical to the development of the Wichita Municipal University’s (now Wichita State University’s) Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During his twenty years of tenure as director (from 1930-1950), the program flourished and…

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Artist Spotlight: Charles M. ‘Chili” Capps

(1898-1981)    A charter member of the Prairie Print Makers and one of the most active serving as president for 23 years and creating two of the sought after Prairie Print Makers Gift Prints. Known for his prized aquatints. Chili Capps was born in Jacksonville,…

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Artist Spotlight: William J. Dickerson

(1904-1972)   William Dickerson was born in El Dorado, Kansas, in 1904. Known as a figure and landscape painter, printmaker, and educator. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, eventually came to teach at the Institute, and worked for 38 years as the Director of…

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Artist Spotlight: Sue Jean Covacevich, A Kansas Icon

(1905-1998)     A dynamic artist and art educator, Sue Jean spent most of her life in south-central Kansas.  She studied with Birger Sandzen at Bethany College and is one of the few artists who did not adopt his palette and style.  A trip to Mexico…

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Artist Spotlight: Clayton Staples (1892-1978)

Clayton Henri Staples, born in rural Osceola, WI, always knew he wanted to be an artist. To pursue his passion, Staples studied art in Minneapolis and at the Art Institute of Chicago, later teaching at Illinois State University. After exploring world-class museums in Europe, Africa…

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How Do You Know If Prints Are Original?

  Often there is confusion in determining original art or what defines original art when it comes to prints.  In the simplest terms an original print has been manually printed by the artist or a master printer with the original image being created on a…

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Lester Raymer – An Artist of Contradictions

With Josh Tripoli       Lester Raymer in his studio. Reuben Saunders Gallery has the honor of hosting a wonderful collection of original Lester Raymer paintings, prints, and sculptures. Raymer (1907-1991), one of Kansas’ most celebrated artists, is sometimes described as an “Outsider Artist,”…

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