Emily Caton 1920’s
Gallery 1001, in partnership with Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, will launch a 2016 series of Heritage Exhibits with a show of artwork by Emily Caton Williams. The show will run the week of January 28 to February 4. A reception Friday, January 29 will feature music of Emily’s grandson Scott Williams and the Student Loans.
Emily Caton Williams was a lifelong resident of Winfield. Born November 23, 1906, she graduated from Winfield High School in 1925. Even as a young student she was attracted to the arts and excelled in creating artwork.
After high school, she followed her passion with further training at Kansas State University, Kansas City Art Institute, Philadelphia Art and Music School, and the Winfield College of Music. Throughout her adult life, she shared her passion with eager students by teaching in her home studio and at the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council classroom. She remained active as an artist, exhibitor, interior decorator and teacher until her death in a tragic house fire February 16, 1989.
“Emily never stopped learning,” recalled Marilyn McNeish, artist member of Gallery 1001, who started her art training as one of Emily’s students. Emily traveled widely to study art and painting techniques, then returned home to share what she learned. Travel destinations included California, Russia, Norway, Great Britain, and China.
Favoring tole painting, Emily was a prolific artist producing thousands of pieces, from paintings to decorated boxes and furniture. Her decorative painting fit well with her interior decorating activities. Her home at 1010 Plum was filled with her work. Unfortunately 80% of it was destroyed in the 1989 fire.
Winfield Arts and Humanities Council owns a hundred or more pieces of her art. The rest is cherished by her family and others who admired her work.
The Gallery 1001 exhibit of artwork by Emily Caton Williams will celebrate her enrichment of the Winfield community. Though none of her artwork will be offered for sale, the show is a rare opportunity to view some of her family’s favorite pieces. Kicked off by a reception Friday, January 29 from 5 – 7 pm, the exhibit will remain in place until February 3.
The Student Loans have been a fixture of the area music scene for quite some time now. From their origins as the Southwestern College jazz combo, the now-grownup “Students” have matured into a swinging group. Their Sinatra-ish vocal jazz is one of the area’s most popular attractions. The group features Anthony (Tony) Gropper on vocals and woodwinds, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Nathan Johnson on bass, and Scott Williams on piano. Giving the event an added personal touch, pianist Williams is the grandson of Emily Williams, the exhibit’s featured artist. See you there!
Scott Williams playing Gallery piano