Editor's note: The following essay, with notes, was rekeyed and reprinted on March 18, 2004 in Resource Library Magazine with permission of the author, Lonnie Dunbier. If you have questions or comments regarding the essay please contact the author through AskArt.com.


Augustus Dunbier: Paint for the Love of Color

by Lonnie Dunbier



I compiled this article from a variety of sources, primarily the many conversations I had with my husband, Roger, and from words he had put to paper.
Also there were the many boxes of Dunbier family papers, clippings, letters, photos, calendars, lists-Roger said his mother saved everything, and indeed it appeared she did. There were all those letters from Gus to her from his travels and so many to the artist and his wife from friends across the country.
Alton "Bud" and Betty Larsen of Blair, Nebraska, with whom Roger and I spent some happy times, contributed both specific information and a sense of warmth about Lou and Gus.
1) Sun. 12/22/1966. Omaha weekly newspaper article by Nina Anderson. "Augustus W. Dunbier Offers Gifts of Art to Aesthetic-Minded Public.
2) Salmagundi Club Catalogue:1927 Summer Exhibition of Paintings, May 7 to October 15. Salmagundi Club. 47 Fifth Ave. New York City.
3) Sun. Omaha weekly newspaper. Article titled "Augustus W. Dunbier Offers Gifts of Art to Aesthetic-Minded Public. Nina Anderson. 12/22/1966.
4) Augustus W. Dunbier: Nebraska Impressionist. Museum of Nebraska Art. Kearney, NE. 4/24/1994.
5) World Herald. Omaha, Nebraska. 9/14/1977.


About the author

The author has an MA Degree in American Literature from the University of Nebraska. She has taught literature at Brownell Talbot, a private school in Omaha, served as Administrative Assistant at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska, and was a long-time docent and then Outreach Education Director for Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln. While working at Sheldon Gallery, Dunbier was a scriptwriter for the Nebraska Educational Television Network in an award-winning series called The Picture Show, television spots featuring works of art at Nebraska museums. For ETV, she also did curriculum writing for Prairie Visions, the Getty Project of art education in Nebraska public schools.
Marrying Roger Dunbier, whom she met as part of an assignment to do a feature TV spot on his father, Lonnie moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1992. She became a Docent and Chair of Research for the docent program at the Phoenix Art Museum. She has also been a partner in a Scottsdale art gallery and currently is Director of Research for AskArt.com, a website of American Artists. She is the author of Augutus W. Dunbier: Paint for the Love of Color.


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