Museum features two artists |

Museum features two artists

by Linda Hiller

Artwork from two Nevada artists – Lew Hymers and Juanita Schubert – will be featured at an exhibit at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

The exhibit is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

n Longtime cartoonist. Hymers was a significant force in Reno’s commercial and social life during the 1930s and 1940s. His incisive pen and ink caricatures of northern Nevada’s “movers and shakers” appeared in the Reno Evening Gazette for seven years. In 1944, the artist self-published Seen About Town, a collection of some 2,700 drawings that had previously appeared in his newspaper column.

In 1912, at the age of 20, Hymers joined the art staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he shared offices with Robert Ripley, later of “Believe it or Not” fame, and John Terry, creator of the popular “Terrytoon” cartoon series in Hollywood.

Hymers journeyed to Europe in 1913, and was forced to return with the onset of World War I.

In 1917, he took a position on the Washington Post and three years later he became an animator for Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles.

In 1932, Hymers returned to Nevada and opened his own studio. From 1934 to 1944, he lived in Genoa, commuting to Reno. During the period around World War II, Hymers cartoons were seen widely in newspapers and magazines and in local advertisements.

Lew Hymers died in 1953 in Tujunga, Calif.

n Elusive photographer. Schubert was a longtime Carson Valley photographer and actually only considered herself to be an amateur.

A private and enigmatic person, she kept to herself and took pleasure from her photographs, but never expected to make a living as a professional photographer.

Her ability to capture working ranch life in the Valley was exceptional, as evidenced by the selection of one of her most recognizable photographs, “Off to the Mountains.”

Schubert went to Yosemite during the summer of 1938 to seek the advice of noted photographer Ansel Adams, who provided her with suggestions on composition, lighting and encouraged her to learn to do her own processing.

Juanita Schubert died in 1978 at the age of 75.

Her photographs will be on exhibit at both the Gardnerville museum location and the Genoa Courthouse Museum (closed for the season and re-opening in May.)

n November 5 reception. The opening reception for the combined exhibit will be Friday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Guest curator Jim McCormick, professor emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno, will be on hand and music will be provided by violinist Danny Yale. Refreshments will be served, and cocktail attire is optional.

The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. For more information, call 782-2555.

Note – pic of Schubert’s photo is in photos main people.