Saturday, March 25, 2006
His name was Carl Chelf...
If you saw my Illustration Friday post for Tattoo, you know one of the images I made incorporated art I found in a chest of drawers in a bric-a-brac shop. I was so excited about the art I completely forgot to make good notes about who created it, and promised more details as soon as I could get them.
The store I found the work in is called The 1898 Store. It's in Buda, Texas.
This is another one of the artist's drawings.
His name was Carl Chelf, and according to his widow Jeanette Welty Chelf he was the first geologic curator of the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, among other things. He was an archaelogist and a geologist. He was born in Abilene Texas in 1915 and passed away in 1986.
Jeanette is also a very interesting artist -- but her pictures are too large to scan, so I need to take photos of them to share.
She told me that Carl stopped drawing after they married. She never knew why.
It was a little sad to me that she was selling his drawings, but they have found a good home with me and a few of my friends.
Makes me wonder about all the people out there who are creating magnificent, interesting things who may work as plumbers, or managers, or any number of other occupations, and whose work never sees daylight.
I hope you get the chance to run across secret treasures like these, and I hope if you do you'll share them. Jeanette was very excited that Carl's drawings have been shared, and I'll pass along any comments you'd like to share the next time I'm at her store.
And of course this image is copyright Carl Chelf and Jeanette Welty Chelf. If you share it, please tell people Carl created it.