Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo, MI





Paintings and Drawings by Ethel Denton Groos


For over 30 years she was an artist, student, volunteer, benefactor and friend of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Ethel Denton Groos, who died in 1999, will be remembered in a retrospective of her works entitled "Paintings and Drawings by Ethel Denton Groos," opening Saturday, June 17, 2000. "Paintings and Drawings by Ethel Denton Groos" will present works that demonstrate not only her high level of accomplishment, but her deep commitment to her art. (left: Woman in Black Hat, c. 1985, oil)

For many years, Ethel and other painters from the area enrolled in the Thursday afternoon independent painting class. Known as the "Thursday Painters," the group worked with live models and, when a model wasn't available, they used each other. Among the works on view in this exhibition will be sketches and paintings of favorite models over the years, in addition to studies of Ethel's fellow artists. Many of these works are seen in public for the first time.

The time Ethel set aside for art was always very special for her and represented an act of will, as she balanced art with her roles as wife, mother and community leader in Hastings, Mich. Perhaps the discipline and self reliance she learned as a mining engineer's daughter, growing up in a wild assortment of places ranging from Chloride, Ariz., to Zaballes, British Columbia, convinced her that she could do anything she set her mind to do. This exhibition will underscore just how much she achieved as an artist. (left: Begonia, c. 1992, watercolor)

"Paintings and Drawings by Ethel Denton Groos" will continue through Saturday, August 12, 2000.

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