|FRAN WILLIAMS WAGNER FLORENCE STARR TAYLOR|
FROM THE JOURNALS OF FRAN AND FLO Lynden Gallery presents a delightful exhibition of figurative sketches, circa 1950. Most of the work will be displayed suspended from the ceiling so that both sides of the paper can be viewed. Opening with their ANNUAL JAZZ AND CHOCOLATE RECEPTION on Friday, February 15, 2008, the gallery will feature the Ryan Kauffman Trio. A suggested cover charge of $5.00 is requested in support of this ongoing venue for local jazz and acoustical performers. The exhibition will continue thru March 22nd.
FRAN WILLIAMS WAGNER, born in 1916 in San Francisco, California, currently lives and works at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Having an illustrious and prolific career behind her, she was commissioned to do dozens of ceramic, sculptural murals across the country, many of which still stand. Colorful and vibrant, a few smaller pieces indicative of her ceramic work can be viewed at the Lynden Gallery, along with the working forms in her journals.
Ms. Wagner studied in Oakland at the California School of Arts and Crafts, in San Francisco at Rudolph Schaefer School of Design, in Miami with Byron G. Newton of Miami Art School, at the University of Miami with Lee Dickens, and in Eugen Massin’s Studio. Additionally, she studied sculpture with Al Vrana and wood block with Larry and Carol Summers. Her works have been shown in numerous Florida galleries, the Syracuse Ceramic Annual and the Tampa State Fair.
A few of her public commissions included murals for the VIP Room, Pan American Airways Clipper Club, International Airport panels in Biscayne Kennel Club, Saxony Hotel (Ivory Tower), Pompano Beach First National Bank, and Ryder Trucking Penthouse in Grove Bank, all in Miami, Florida, and the First Federal Savings and Loan in Key West and the Lady of Rosary Church, Perrine, Florida. Additionally her work was commissioned at the Prescolite Manufacturing Corporation in Arkansas, the Bacardi Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Transportation Consultants, Inc, Washington, DC, and Furnco Construction Company in Buffalo, New York.
FLORENCE STARR TAYLOR, 1904 to 1991, an artist for the Lancaster Newspapers in the 1920’s, is well known locally for her portrait painting and free hand sketches eloquently capturing a personality in a few deft strokes. Graduating from the Stevens (Girls) High School in Lancaster in 1920, she received a full scholarship at the Pennsylvania Museum of Industrial Art as an Illustration major. She was invited to study with Louis Comfort Tiffany at his Oyster Bay Estate in the mid-twenties, whose influence of color and composition can be seen in her paintings.
She became seasoned as an artist and reporter for the Intelligencer Journal from 1926-1929, then took on clients such as Hamilton Watch Company, New Holland Machine, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Franklin and Marshall College and the Lebanon Steel Foundry. In 1964 she worked as a staff artist for WITF, Public Radio and Television of Central Pennsylvania, and in 1986 was awarded the Red Rose Award in Lancaster for her tireless volunteer work for the USO, the Blind Association, Meals on Wheels, and the North Museum.
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LYNDEN GALLERY offers a Fine Art Gallery, Custom Framing, Art and Interior Design Consultation. Located at 117 South Market Street, Downtown Elizabethtown, the gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday 9:00 to 5:00, with evening hours by appointment. Directions are available on the gallery website, www.lyndengallery.com, or by calling 717-367-9236. The gallery is handicap accessible and offers convenient parking.
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