Intricate art celebrated at Vachel Lindsay Home
reception for John Webster, new artist-in-residence
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[October 28, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Pen-and-ink
artist John Webster has been named the final "artist in residence"
of 2013 at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, an honor
that will be celebrated with a free public reception Saturday.
Born partially color blind, Webster was initially attracted to pen
and ink because of its black-and-white nature. Today he adds vibrant
color to his work.
The Calhoun native's drawings are often large
and complex, taking several hundred hours to render. They include a
drawing of the Mona Lisa that is 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Other
works include historical portraits and portraits of legendary blues
artists such as Lead Belly and Taj Mahal.
His work will be on display at the Vachel Lindsay Home, 603 S.
Fifth St. in Springfield, Nov. 2-9. The exhibit, entitled "Dots and
Dots and More Dots," kicks off with a reception and discussion with
Webster from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. He returns Nov. 9 to help celebrate
Vachel Lindsay's birthday.
Examples of Lindsay's own art are on display throughout the rooms
of his historic home.
More of Webster's work can be seen at
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The events are free, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for
children is appreciated.
The events are co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association and
the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site. For more information,
The Lindsay home was built about 1850. Poet, author and artist
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there in
1931. The home, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for
free public tours.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]