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Friday, February 22, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Of Kefauver Paintings & Presidential Politics

Will Kefauver oil paintings available HERE

BENNINGTON -- Kefauver.

"Why does that name ring a bell?" Art Gallery Dude asked.

"Estes Kefauver. He was on the ticket with Adlai Stevenson," the oil painter answered.

"I wish I could have been alive to vote for Stevenson," the gallery owner said.

Will Kefauver, who is the oil painter quoted above, attended Whittier College, where Richard Nixon graduated, and it just so happens that the Stevenson-Kefauver Democratic presidential ticket of '52 lost to the GOP ticket of Eisenhower-Nixon. And again in '56.

Cary Estes Kefauver (Wikipedia Commons)

What makes the Estes Kefauver story unique in American politics is that twice he was the overwhelming favorite to be the blue nominee for president yet twice settled for No. 2 status behind Stevenson. Read Kefauver's story HERE

Artist Kefauver said he is related to Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee. 

Then the conversation switched to art, and Fiddlehead at Four Corners now features 8 of Will Kefauver's oils on linen panels and canvas. 

"My daughter goes to Bennington College and I've been in Fiddlehead before," he said in the video below, "and it's a great gallery to be associated with."

Besides Whittier College, Kefauver studied at the Katonah Arts Center. His instructors were Robert Speier, Milton Glaser, William P. Duffy and Jock MacRae. 

Kefauver's influences are Corot -- "I love his sense of light" -- Frank Benson for his composition and Wolf Kahn "who can find color anywhere." 

His work has been juried into shows across the country and he won awards from the National Society of Artists, the Lake Wales Arts Council, the Art Director's Club, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and The One Show. His work has been featured in Art Direction, the North County News, Advertising Techniques and Idea magazines. 

His framed plein air landscapes feature bales of hay and flowing water of the Housatonic, sheds in a field and stones and barns, soft green trees and cotton balls in a blue sky. Three other counter-sized pieces are joined to a black wood base with 2 wires ...

"Ashlawn Farm"
"Lieutenant River"
"Reed Pond"

Will Kefauver's paintings are available HERE. And here is a 2-minute video ...