Weeks_Leo Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) 27 November 1986, Thursday Page 7D Born to be Artist

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IE05E Lansing State Journal Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986 C7 wJ "The Mad Hatter" is a work from the late artist Leo Weeks of Lansing. Weeks' collection is on f exhibit at MSU's Kresge Art Museum. Weeks born to be an artist , "When Leo was born, his mother knew he would become an artist," Ethelyn Weeks told me recently. "As the doctor picked him up, Leo's hand clutched the doctor's pencil." I had called Ethelyn Weeks at her Traverse City home to find out about her late husband, illustrator illustrator and painter Leo Rosco Weeks. The former Lansing resident resident is one Of 37 artists from Michigan's past whose works will be included in "The Michigan Experience" Experience" exhibit which opens Sunday at Michigan State University's University's Kresge Art Museum. -Ethelyn -Ethelyn Weeks was celebrating her 79th birthday on the day I phoned. She turned out to be a delightful delightful lady and a meticulous conservator of information about her late husband. Born in La Crosse, Ind., she said, Leo Weeks came to Lansing in the early 1900s, attended Lansing Lansing High School and was a well-known well-known well-known area gymnast In fact, with Lansing's Larned Runnels and Irving Irving Davenport, he formed a tumbling tumbling act that performed at local events. But Leo's mother was right. He did become an artist, developing his talents by creating illustrations illustrations for the "Oracle" (Lansing High School's yearbook), attending attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago and eventually working working as an illustrator and art director director for Popular Mechanics Magazine Magazine in Chicago and New York. : "He could have made a lot more money (as an illustrator) than he did, but he wanted time to do his paintings," she remembered. remembered. - Weeks' paintings included landscapes, portraits and still lifes ,done in oil and transparent water-colors, water-colors, water-colors, winning him many awards in Illinois, Indiana and New Jersey Jersey between 1938 and 1976. "Stacking The Straw," his work for next week's Kresge exhibit, is an oil painting of a harvest on a .farm near Buckley. Ethelyn Weeks is extremely excited excited about "The Michigan Expe- Expe- David Thomas rience." She's planning to journey to MSU for the exhibit opening and has shown definite enthusiam for the elaborate exhibit catalog she recently purchased 150 copies and is spending this month busily distributing them to family and friends. Weeks died in 1978, but his wife has retained most of his paintings and drawings in her 12-room 12-room 12-room home. "People ask me why I have such a big house," she said with a laugh. "I say I want to be sure and have enough room for Leo's paintings." In addition to the Weeks painting, painting, "The Michigan Experience" " will feature works by such Michigan Michigan artists as former MSU faculty member Ralph Henricksen, Detroit Detroit seascape painter Robert Hopkin, 19th-century 19th-century 19th-century Hillsdale College artist George Balthazar Gardner, Grand Rapids artist Will Howe Foote, well-known well-known well-known Detroit painter Roy Gamble and Kalamazoo Kalamazoo artist Helen Janaszak. The paintings represent a variety of themes that contributed to the growth of statehood (1837) to the end of World War II. The opening reception for "The Michigan Experience" is scheduled scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. I stopped by the R.E. Olds Museum on Sunday to see the Smithsonian Institution's traveling traveling exhibit called "Early Flight 1900-1911." 1900-1911." 1900-1911." It includes dozens of photos related to the early aviation aviation successes (and failures) of Orville and Wilbur Wright It's a nice exhibit and shouldn't be missed by either aviation buffs or anyone interested in photo history. history. East Lansing's Saper Galleries Galleries is hosting a reception on Sunday Sunday (1 to 4 p.m.) for a new exhibit featuring West German artist Volker Kuhn. Kuhn began in the early 1970s exhibiting kinetic light objects before moving on to drawings and graphics. Gallery owner Roy Saper has acquired 125 original color etchings of Kuhn's. The exhibit continues through January. Nanci Winborn of the Friends of Kresge is putting together together a Dec. 3 trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts for the exhibition "Of Water and Ink: Muromachi Period Painting From Japan 1392-1568." 1392-1568." 1392-1568." For more information, information, give the Kresge Museum a call at 355-7631. 355-7631. 355-7631. Congratulations to Lansing photographer W. Spencer Par-shall Par-shall Par-shall who took an honorable mention mention in the Detroit News annual photo contest. Parshall's winner, "Soaring Fin," was shot at an old-; old-; old-; car show with a wide-angle wide-angle wide-angle lens on a Pentax LX and appeared in the paper's most recent Sunday magazine. Lansing Arts Council Center director Sue Mills informed me that Artrain will be in Lansing during Michigan Week (in May) next year. The 1987 Artrain exhibition exhibition will be devoted to the Cran-brook Cran-brook Cran-brook Academy of Art and will present drawings, photos, furniture, furniture, fabrics, ceramics and silver works from Cranbrook's collection. collection. David Thomas is the Lansing State Journal's visual arts columnist columnist Outdoor news every Sunday

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