Deines Cultural Center in Russel

(Frank) And we’re back again. So you’ve been traveling and you went to a Cultural Center, so you talk about it. (Deb) [Laughs] Yes, I needed some culture. Obviously, the little girl that grew up going barefoot needed some culture. The Deines Cultural Center in Russell. Have you been there Frank? (Frank) No. (Deb) I had not either, I’m embarrassed to say, until the other day. And Charlie and Pat and Carson Norton, the talented Norton family, and their daughter Tanya had an art exhibit. And Charlie did the bronze Buffalo Bill, that of course is one of my favorite statues in the world at Oakley. He’s just done some amazing stuff, and his wife Pat is an incredibly talented artist, as is their son Carson, and their daughter Tanya works with fabrics, and is a potter, and Pat is also a potter. They’re just amazing. So we went to see that exhibit, I think they’ve already taken that exhibit down, but there’s always something going on there. They have different exhibits throughout the year. Russell is a lovely town, not only home to Bob Dole and Arlen Specter for which it’s famous, but lots of other cool things going on in Russell as well. Downtown Russell has interesting antique stores, specialty shops, the usual insurance and business offices mingled with cafes. It is a lively downtown, no doubt made more so by the presence of the Deines Cultural Center which hosts a variety of events throughout the year as well as being the permanent home of the namesake’s artworks. All of the wood engravings done by E. Hubert Deines as well as various works he collected during his lifetime have a home here. His artwork is shown on a rotating basis at the Center. According to the Center, E. Hubert Deines was born in a rural section of central Kansas, near Russell. Even at preschool age, he was enthusiastically making drawings of things imaginary or observed in a rustic scene. Later, after the usual courses, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design at Kansas City, Missouri. This art study was interrupted I by military service in World War I. After serving overseas with the 109th Engineers of the 34th Division, he spent some time in France. Under a special government arrangement for qualified servicemen, Deines studied at the famous Julian Academy in Paris. Upon returning to the States, he held a position for twelve years on the art staff of a metropolitan daily newspaper. Following newspaper work he established himself in a studio in the old, historic Westport district of Kansas City, Missouri, where he did book and magazine work that required both typographical knowledge and artistic execution. During these commercial assignments a long-desired ambition was also undertaken, to enter the field of Fine Arts. Printmaking had always been his underlying goal, and after many experiments in various media, wood engraving became his principal medium. Many rewards came in the form of fine recognition and pleasant associations. Twice, in 1955 and again in 1961, he was awarded Fellowship grants at the Huntington Hartford Foundation in Pacific Palisades, California. Early in his career, along with two artists of national reputation, he was invited to act as a member of a Regional Jury to select graphic art for the World’s Fair, held in New York in 1939. Deines exhibited widely, in this country and occasionally abroad.

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