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Elizabeth Layton: Face to Face

Elizabeth Laton: Face to Fave includes previously exhibited favorites, although two-thirds of the drawings featured will be seen by the public for the first time. The exhibition is curated by Don Lambert, who was the first to introduce Layton's work to the public and has guided exposure of her work ever since. Mr. Lambert will be teaching a contour drwing class on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 pm and will present a video lecture and gallery tour on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow the gallery tour. Mr. Lambert will be available to answer questions during this time. The exhibition will be accompanied by narrative labels with quotes from Layton related to each work.

This exhibition chronicles the 15 years of Elizabeth Laytons remarkable, inspiring career. It opens with her first drawing, done at the age of 68 in her first and only art class, and closes with the drawing she was working on shortly before her death in 1993. By that time, Layton had created nearly 1,000 drawings and attracted a national following. Her one-person exhibitions have been shown in art centers and museums in more than 200 communities across the country and featured in such respected institutions as the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

By learning to draw at the age of 68, Layton came to terms with a three-year depression. Once the managing editor of the newspaper in her hometown of Wellsville, Kansas, Layton's interest in timely and frequently controversial social issues was reflected in drawings that also served as intensely personal self-portraits. Although many of these works deal with issues such as women's rights, aging, AIDS, censorship, and the right to dies, Layton's message is presented with wit and charm, delighting as well as challenging viewers of all ages.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Atchison Art Association and was obtained from Exhibits USA a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private nonprofit organization assisted by six partner state arts agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and private contributors.

(Image Gallery of Elizabeth Layton)

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