Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction

A Miraculous Visitation

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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $200 - $300

Buyer's premium: 10%

This original oil on board piece by artist Don Weddle is titled "A Miraculous Visitation" and is dated 1981. In good condition, this piece measures 13.75" x 17.75" is signed by the artist in the lower right corner. Maurice Donald Weddle was born in Miami, Florida in1923, but spent the majority of his youth in Lindsborg, Kansas benefiting from the art and music culture that was flourishing in Lindsborg at that time.

After-school and summers often found him with friends moving about the town, visiting various craftsmen, from the famed artist from Sweden, Birger Sandzen, to the woodcarver Anton Pearson. That Lindsborg provided a fertile soil for budding artists and musicians was not lost on Donald. With notable teachers and artisans like Sandzen, painter Oscar Gunnerson, woodcarver Anton Person, cabinetmaker John Altenborg, pianist Oscar Torsen, Dr. Hagbard Brase, and artist Lester Raymer. Donald subtly and yet intentionally became drawn to this world of artist’s and creativity.

“I respected Sandzen enormously, he was so patient with everyone, especially as a youth when I would stop by to see what he was working on. Sandzen always had a kind word and didn’t mind me bothering him. I even imitated his voice to his delight. He was a great teacher in not the normal instructional way.â€

After serving a distinguished military career in the United States Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant (jg) from 1943-1946, he pursued art education at Bethany College in Lindsborg graduating with a BA in 1947, BAE Art Institute of Chicago in1951 and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. His additional studies continued at Wichita State University.

Donald was a valued teacher in the Wichita Public School system at Southeast High School along with Wichita State University, Wichita Art Association, Wichita Art Museum along with the Foreign Language League-Art History Campus located in Rome, Florence and Paris.

Weddle was included in the fraternities of Phi-Mu-Alpha (Sinfonia) and Alpha-Psi-Omega. Don was also granted a Honorary Doctorate from Bethany College in Lindsborg Kansas.

Maurice Donald Weddle is now retired, but is still a producing and painting artist in the Wichita, Kansas art community and surrounding areas.

Condition: Good