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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, Augui' 1972 THI IFIHBRIOGS Temple painter works are shown Ily n'AKCY JIICKAHI) Herald Slalf Writer Landscapes painted by win Evans, (lie painter who did tlie murals in tlie Temple at Cardston, have been shown this summer at Ihc Art Gal- lery, 7irigham Young Univer- sity, Provo, Utah. He died March 4, IMG, in his home at Veniee, near Los An- geles. He was fill, A Salt Lake newspaper edit- orial made this comment: "As pictures arc said to be 'poems without words' and as Lamar- line called poems 'tlie dreams of great Edwin Evans will he remembered us a min- strel who silently sang his way into the hearts of his people." He was a landscape painter of enormous talent. While his murals in tlie Card- slon and Salt Lake temples can only lie viewed h.v devout Mor- mons, anyone wlio could get to Ihe Young University Art Gallery this summer ccuik! see and enjoy the masterful work he left. Edwin Evans was president of the Society of Utah Artisls for 10 years; president of tlie Utah Ait Institute for 12 year? and head of the department ol art at the University of Utah for 23 years. The Revue Du Vrai, El Uu Beau, said of his work in 1925 "A landscape painter (if greai talent Edwin Evans, paints his subject rendering the effect of the whole, homogeneously and pleasingly to the eye and inter- preting with the greatest lib- erty, unhampered by details. His painting is distinguished by n very personal character which is readily observed in all his canvasses." He was horn of English, Welsh, Scotch and Dutch grand- parents Feb. 2, I860, in LohL, Utah. He was the son of David and Clcmcncia Shaw Evans' He worked on [he farm and herded cows. For four months every winter, until he was 14, he attended school. The Lehi office of the Old Dcseret Telegraph line was in the Evans home and one of lartly in giving private lessons but mainly on his landscape jiclures and paintings of ani- mals. A Utah harvest scene was ex- hibited in 1893 at the World's Fair in Chicago. This painting won the gold medal. He was of- 'ered for the picture, which he refused. In 1895 it was ex- libitcd at Iowa. "There was more said ahout this said C. E. Bald- win, president of the Iowa So- ciety of Fine Arts, in a letter to Mr Evans, "than any other in the exhibit and it formed a lasting impression." The painting was sold in Utah for and was displayed in the state capital for years. About the time negotiations were being made wilh the BYU for its present art collection, the woman that bought the painting came to Mr. Evans and said she had four children and would he make an exchange so she could have a painting for each rhild. This made the artist happy (hat Harvest Scene could bo added to his collection. President Joseph F. Smith as- signed Edwin Evans Ihc work of decorating the Cardston tem- ple with Elder Mclvin J. Bal- lard as his supervisor, His painting of a train of oxen and covered wagon enter- ing the town of Cardston, with Chief Mountain in the back- ground, is a work of art that will always he appreciated by those who arc able to see it. For more than three years in Ihc late 1390s he worked to altolish the copybook system of drawing in Ihe public schools of lllah. In through the influence of Dr. William M. Stewart, of the School of Education, Mr. Evan.s was placed in charge of the University of Utah art de- partment. A personal friend, Dean James L. Gibson, University of Utah, said, "It did not take me long to learn many of Professor Evans' characteristics. He was no rubber stamp' That means a great deal. He did his own thinking. He carried with him thai which most men lack, a superb courage." egraphy fo Edwin. Later, although married and working as a telegrapher, the pull of painting became F-O strong young Evans -set out for Paris. He studied for two yenrs at the Julicn Academy of Fine Arts. Returning tn Utah, he painted murals in the Salt Lake Temple for three months. Tlien local artists bunded together to form tlie Society of Utnh ArlMs. Evans was a charier member nnd the first president. The next Ihrcc years he spent craas Hospital at Salt Lake City as the most important work he did after leaving the universiiy. In 1921 he relumed to France. N'ow began that long series of water colors which appear to be tossed off wilh such laneity but which are such gems of technical perfection. One Evans oil paint- ing hangs in the home of Waldo Smith at Welling. Perhaps tlierc are other Edwin Evans oils in southern Alberta that I are not recorded. Pioneer Trail Grandma Feeding Chickens Draws Atfention From Art Enthusiast Evans Show In Harris Fine Arts Centre, BYU Art Gallery Hiram Wilker's Special Old. Gentle RyeWhisky. ACCORDION SPECIAL ADULT COURSES INSTRUMENT SALES and REPAIRS LESSONS IN PINCHER CREEK EVERY MONDAY I GUITAR PIANO i BEGINNERS' COURSES DC-DTI SCHOOL of MUSIC 2646 South Parkside Drive-Phone 327-0115, ;