Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Landscape Club of Washington D.C.

This was the art club where Marvin D. Mangus was mentored by Roger Rittase and William F, Walters in the 1950s. Marvin won a "best in show" award at his very first group showing at the club, and remained a dues-paying member until the end of his life. Some of the members would drop by our house when they or their friends came to Alaska.

The Landscape Club of Washington is a group of men with a mutual interest in outdoor painting, the pictorial possibilities of the Washington area, and in the promotion of public interest in art and the out-of-doors. It dates from the Spring of 1913 when chance aquaintances in the field developed into firm friendships and, over the years, a growth in membership to include those with outstanding reputations as well as the promising younger men who may gain from such association.

Alone or in groups they have covered thoroughly the environs of Washington in quest of subjects for their pictures. The Club's "Log Book" records many jaunts to scenic spots in this area and beyond, Earlier accounts, which make entertaining reading, are reminiscent of inter-urban street cars, gravel roads, that are now superhighways, woods, creeks, and truck farms where present-day suburban homes, apartments, and shopping centers blot out the gentle landscape.

Today its members often range even further afield, in the United States and in other countries, to bring back a variety of pictures for exhibitions and for the walls of people's homes.Yet they remain ever grateful for the close-by rolling hills of Maryland and Virginia, the Blue Ridge, the Potomac Valley, and the Chesapeake Bay area.

At the Club's meetings comradeship prevails, along with constructive programs which further understanding and develop skills, while its exhibitions are a challenge to the members and a pleasurable and cultural experience for gallery visitors.


Atkyns, Lee
Barr, William H.
Barth, Max
Bittinger, Charles (honorary) 
Baumer, Joseph
Cassedy, Richard  H.
Coleman, Tracy
Crockett, Gib
Cupoli, James V.
Dunn, Charles A. R.
Eboli, Jules L.
Ecker, John B.
Eyer, Charles Robert
Fairlamb, Guy
Firestone, I. L.
Freeman Stuart I.
Gilden, Meyer
Granahan, David M.
Harrison, Edward S.
Hicks, Herbert (Herbie)
Jackson, Vaughan L.
Jex, Garnet W.
Johnstone, Robert B.
Jones, Ron
Kagy, Sheffield
Loiselle, Bernard (honorary)
Mangus, Marvin
Melvile, Col. Phillips 
Moore, Benson B. (honorary)
Moore, David 
Nett, Charles T.
Oakley, A. John
O'Hara, Eliot (honorary)
Peters, Francis C.
Petter, John
Poiesz, C. J.
Pritchard, Thomas C.
Rittase, Roger
Schmidt, Alfred G.
Seat, Robert
Shinn, Charles C.
Shorter, Edward S.
Walter, William F.
Wendelin, Rudolph F.
Winn, Joseph

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