Before guests went up to view it on Thursday night, I told them what I had told Gary Brown of the Repository the week before. Ted Gup looked at some letters and saw a book. Frank Motz read the book and saw a play. Eric Benjamin read the book and heard music.
I read the book and SAW AN EXHIBIT. I found myself checking off artifacts in the collection in my mind as I read it:
"We have the sign from Fairmount Children's Home."
"We have a bottle from Superior Dairy."
"We have a feed chopper from Dick's Manufacturing."
And so the idea was born! Then in 2011 Ted donated the letters and checks, and I officially put the exhbition on my Keller Gallery schedule for 2013, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Sam Stone's remarkable gifts.
I'm not an artist, so it can be difficult for me to get my ideas out of my mind and onto paper for people to see ahead of time. One of my favorite parts of the creative process is when I'm able to bring my vision into reality by setting up the gallery. That's when my ideas become "sharable" with others!
And let me tell you, this exhibition looks exactly the way I envisioned it!
Here are some highlights:
|The suitcase where Ted found the letters|
|Full sized Dick's Manufacturing feed chopper from our collection|
|Salesman's model of a Dick's feed chopper|
On loan from Sally Dick
|1930s era paint set|
|Shirley Temple doll|
|A sweet bear from our collection|
|McKinley High School yearbook from 1923 opened to the page with Sam's wife Minna's picture|
|1930s era radio from our collection|
|A re-creation of Sam Stone's office|
All of the furniture belonged to him and is on loan from Ted
It is "staged" with artifacts from our collection
|Photo highlights from our collection from the 1930s|
|The sign from the Fairmount Children's Home with related letter writer panels underneath|
|Some of the letters, thank you notes, and checks|
|1930s women's dresses|
|Some "context" artifacts, including Hoover presidential campaign items, a Superior Dairy milk bottle, 1933 McKinley High School yearbook, and a 1933 Ohio license plate|
If you weren't able to come to the opening or the Soup at Six preview event, the exhibit is on view through Sunday February 2, 2014. Our hours are:
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Noon - 4:00 PM