James Lawrence will be honored in Carson City next week
James Lawrence, who has painted scenes and photographed people and places in Carson Valley for over 50 years, will meet another long-time Nevada artist, Richard Guy Walton, at the Meeting of Two Masters next week.
The event will be held at the historic St. Charles Hotel in Carson City May 27, 4 to 7 p.m. and was designed to honor the two men for their artistic careers.
The artists have never met, but their artistic paths have crossed over the years in terms of their recognition in the West and in the U.S., said Robert McFadden, owner of the St. Charles Hotel.
Historically, very few artists were able to make a living in Nevada on their art, McFadden said, and left the state.
The reason he wants to honor Lawrence and Walton, he said, “is these fellows stayed, and they are both in their 80s.”
Lawrence earned a degree in landscape design in 1929 and attended the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles in 1935, as did Walton.
In 1937, Lawrence began painting the Carson Valley. He also spent time at the New York school of Photography and Art. From 1940 to 1949, he worked, painting and photographing, in San Francisco and was a member of the California National Water Color Society.
He and his wife Gerry moved to their Rock Creek home in Gardnerville in 1949. He painted and photographed throughout Nevada with his wife and noted Nevada artists, the late Craig Sheppard and the late Gus Bundy.
Walton’s work has been exhibited in various sites in Nevada, Chicago, San Francisco and at the Smithsonian Institution. He came to Nevada from California in 1929.
The public is welcome to attend the reception, which will also offer a display of the two artists’ work.