Collection of Clayton Staples currently on display at Koshare Indian MuseumThe Koshare Indian Museum
has opened an exhibit of its collection of paintings by Clayton Henri Staples
.The exhibit includes oil and watercolor paintings of Cuchara, CO
, area, as well as still life paintings.Born in Osceola, WI in 1892, Mr. Staples served in the Camoflauge Division of the United States Navy as a station artist during World War I. Later he undertook formal schooling at the Chicago Art Institute, graduating with honors.He taught at the institution before accepting the position as director of art at Illinois State Normal University, a post he held for the next four years.Then in 1930, after extensive travel abroad, he came to Wichita, KS and was appointed director of art at the University of Wichita.
was such a person for Wichita State University
.Arriving at a time when material resources were meager and enrollments small, he
set about building a tradition in the visual arts that has subsequently brought national attention to the Wichita community.Described by associates and friends as a gifted artist, an inspiring teacher, an able administrator and a superb natural leader, Staples
brought distinction and excellence into the lives of many.After 20 years at Wichita State University, Staples retired and movedto Cuchara, CO where he established the Cuchara School of Art, on the Cucharas River in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado.His
favorite subjects were landscapes of the scenic area.Eleven years later, he
and wife, Esther, moved to Colorado Springs where he
remained until his
death in 1978.Staples
was known throughout the United States as a painter of landscape, seascape and still life in the naturalist tradition.He
painted spectacular seascapes and harbor scenes from his
summers spent in Gloucester, MA. As a representional artist, he
selected vistas of landscape in the West in representing beauty of color, light, form and order.His
wife, Esther, said he
best mountain winter scenes at the seashore and his
best boating scenes while snowbound in the Cucharas.In the course of his
devoted long hours to travel, sketching and finishing his
work with sound craftsmanship.
The first Sunday of each month is free admission.On Sunday, July 3 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the Koshare Indian Museum
will host a student of Mr. Staples
, Herb Booth, a wildlife and sporting watercolorist from Rockport, TX, as the featured artist in the Tenth Annual Kiva Presentsartist series.