Works of Lithographer on Exhibit at Arts Fest

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Byline: Rachel Baruch Yackley

A historic retrospective of an artist who once lived in our community is now on display in the Mezzanine Gallery at the St. Charles Public Library, in partnership with the St. Charles Art and Music Festival.

Intricately detailed lithographs in this impressive exhibit present the body of a lifetime of artwork by Victoria Ebbels Hutson Huntley, who lived in Geneva with her husband and daughter from 1955 to 1963.

Born in New Jersey in 1900, Huntley moved many times throughout her life. At the Art Students League in New York, Huntley began attending weekend art classes from the age of 12, and continued through high school.

Huntley moved to Texas where she was an associate professor of fine arts at the College of Industrial Arts from 1921 to 1923. She married William K. Hutson in 1925, and they had one daughter, Hazel, who was born in 1926.

Under the instruction of George Miller, Huntley soon became an award-winning lithographer. Her lithographs featured a wide range of subjects such as children ice skating; barns and horses; landscapes; still-lifes; industrial and urban scenes; architectural studies; human figures; and floral and bird studies.

Huntley's works, which demonstrate great imagination, intensity, simplicity, technical skill and formal beauty, have won many prestigious awards throughout the years. Several of her lithographs have also been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In an article titled, "On Making a Lithograph" which she wrote in May 1960 for the magazine American Art, Huntley gave a detailed account of the process of making a lithograph, plus some practical advice. The print which she used as an example in the article is her lithograph "Peck's Barn," which is owned by the St. Charles Library, and is included in this current exhibit.

In 1934, after marrying Ralph Huntley, this artist moved with her family to Connecticut, where she began drawing human figures, and continued to teach painting and drawing at the Birch-Wathen School in New York.

Huntley had continued her interest in mural painting, and submitted an entry to a Treasury Department national competition in 1937, which won her a commission to paint a mural entitled, "Fiddler's Green" for the Springfield, N. …