HONORED BY FRIENDS
[Address at Dinner Made by G.
C. Calvert, Indianapolis.
CONFINED TO HIS HOME
[Special to The Indianapolis News]
RICHMOND, Ind., September 18.-—
Touching- tribute was paid to John
Elwood Bundy, dean of Richmond
painters, at a dinner given in his
honor in Reid Memorial church
here last night. While the physical
condition of the artist prevented his
attendance, the presence of more
than 200 admirers of his work was
none the less real and sincere.
The principal address of the evening was made by George Cham-
>e-rs Calvert, of Indianapolis, widely known Indiana art collector, who
• as followed/the work of Mr. Bun-
ly for the last thirty years and who
s a personal friend of Mr. Bundy.
Ir. Calvert pointed out the high
•lace held by Mr. Bundy among
toosier artists, and expressed his
^gard for the work of Mr. Bundy
row \n appreciative rather than
rom that purely technical standpoint.
Presence Means Appreciation.
"I think that you would not be
here if you had not experienced
emotion on viewing Mr. Bundy's
pictures," Mr. Calvert said. "Mr.
Bundy is a nature lover and he has
been inspired to paint by the love
of nature. His motives have not
been touched by commercialism,
but by the love of landscape and
delight in its depiction. He has derived great pleasure from carrying
this love of nature on to others.
"Mr. Bundy's place in Indiana art
•s in the hearts of the people. Multitudes outside the state, too, have
felt the influence of his work. He
is known best, perhaps, for his
'Beech Woods,' but this fact is not
due to any greater talent that he
had for painting beech woods. It
come from the greater appreciation which the average person has
for stately trees.
"I feel that I owe to Mr. Bundy
a great debt as one who opened
the door a little for me to peer
into beauty. We know, revere, enjoy and cherish Mr. Bundy and his
pictures with deep affection and
Talks of Early Painters.
Ellwood Morris, who has been
associated with Mr. Bundy for
many years and who was chairman
of the general committee of the
art association which arranged the
dinner and exhibition, spoke of the
early group of Richmond painters
of which Mr. Bundy was one.
"All that has been written and
said of John Elwood Bundy is
justified by what he has done here,"
Mr. Morris said. "He was widely
known for his superior ability even
before he came; to Richmond from
another part of the state and he
was warmly welcomed by the Richmond group when he came. He was
hailed as the dean of painters her©
and ho still holds that position."