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Cape Gazette Arts & Ente00°f00inm.en FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 20!0 63 Schoonover finally arrives in Lewes Illustrator's work defines a period By Henry J. Evans Jr. hevans@capegazette.corn Frank E. Schoonover is coming to Lewes - maybe for the first time ever. A contemporary of artist N.C. Wyeth and a one-time student of the father of American illustra- tion, Howard Pyle, Schoonover, too, went on to paint himself a place among America's most es- teemed painter-illustrators. Although Pyle, Wyeth and Schoonover were among a cadre of "Brandywine School" artists who lived and worked in Penn- sylvania, Delaware, too, legiti- mately lays claim to the lot of thenl. "IT'S A REALLY GREAT DELAWARE EXHIBIT. IT'S GREAT TO HAVE IT IN SUSSEX COUNTY. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT JOHN SCHOONOVER'S HELP." - MIKE DIPAQLO, LEWES HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR After all as many know, much of Southern Pennsylvania - espe- cially the Brandywine River Val- ley - should have been part of the First State to begin with. Pyle was born in 1853 in Wilm- ington; Schoonover in 1877 in Oxford, N.J.; and Wyeth in 1882 in Needham, Mass. Pyle died in 1911; Wyeth in 1945; and Schoonover in 1972. John Schoonover, the artist's grandson, in cooperation with the Lewes Historical Society, has put together a sampling of nearly 30 pieces that will be displayed at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes. The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 2. An opening reception at the gallery is set for Saturday, Feb. 6. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. Mike DiPaolo, Lewes Histori- cal Society executive director, says the show represents a cross- section of Schoonover's work. "It's a really great Delaware ex- hibit. It's great to have it in Sus- sex County. We couldn't have done it without John Schoonover's help," DiPaolo says. Throughout his career, Schoonover illustrated the works of several famed authors includ- ing Edgar Rice Burroughs, Zane Grey and lack London. Schoonover illustrated more than 200 classics and children's books. "He kept very meticulous records of what he was doing. Who the subjects were, who the paintings were for, dates, all in his notebooks,' DiPaolo says. Schoonover however was known for painting over canvas- es he had completed and for which he had been paid. "He would paint something, send it wherever it had to go to be photographed, they would send it back to him, and he would often paint on top of it. There are some paintings that might be two, three, four or five paintings deep. He was pretty prolific," DiPaolo says. A book of Schoonover's work, 'Frank E. Schoonover Catalog Raisonn6,' took 10 years to com- pile. Oak Mill Press in New Castle published the two-volume work, which chronologically catalogs the artist's work. "It's very well indexed. We'll have a couple available if anyone is interested, and we can certain- ly point people in the right direc- tion if they are" DiPaol0 says. He says as far as he knows, there has never been another Schoonover exhibit in Sussex County. "This is really a special exhibit for the historical society and for us to have downstate," DiPaolo says. He says John Schoonover told him when his grandfather did paintings that were destined to be featured on book dust jackets, he always tried to depict a mo- ment just before climactic ac- tiolL One shows pirates about to fight. "They're not engaged, it was that moment - just banging there - when they're drawing their swords. "When you're reading these books it makes the imagination IMAGE COURTESY OF SCHOONOVER STUDIOS LTD. FRANK E. $CHOONOVER'S PAINTING 'Gulliver,' is an example of the artist's work that appeared on the dust jacket of high-adventure books published in the 1900s. More than two dozen originaf Schoonover illustrations and paintings will be on display at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, Feb. 2 through Feb. 28. just takes off in your head," Di- Paolo says. Schoonover's prodigious out- put of skillful illustrations, por- traits, landscapes figures and western scenes locked his place in American art. DiPaolo says it's known that Schoonover traveled from Wilm- ington to Rehoboth Beach by train with Pyle and N.C. Wyeth. "They had to come through Lewes," DiPaolo says. But, he says, so far there's no evidence Schoonover ever painted a Lewes scene. "That's surprising. When you read literary descriptions of Continued on page 64 Steppin' Out )) DEWEY BEACH • tiBlelhouse Raw Bar:. Ruddertowne, 124 Dickinson St. Thursdays - Steele & Burns. Every Friday and Saturday - DJ Chris Mal. 227-6444. 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TONY MOW1EN will perform from 6-9 p,m, Friday, Jan. 22, at Baywood Greens' Clubhouse Restaurant in Long Neck.