Foster Caddell of Voluntown, CT was known for his many portraits and landscapes and as a skilled illustrator. He was also an educator and author of instructional art books.
During WWII, he was assigned as an artist and spent 18 months of his three-year service, within the United States Army Air Corps, sketching and painting throughout the Pacific. After the war, Foster returned to work as a lithographer, but ultimately he turned to freelance illustration and painting, preferring to work for himself.
He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1940-1943 and furthered his education with private instruction from Robert Brackman, Guy Wiggins, and Peter Heleck.
In 1974 the editor of American Artist suggested that he write an art instruction book. He embarked on writing Keys to Successful Landscape Painting. This book was followed by Keys to Successful Color and Keys to Painting Better Portraits. In 1993, he wrote a revision of his first book, which was retitled Foster Caddell's Keys to Successful Landscape Painting.
In addition to these accomplishments, Foster has gained great renown as a portrait artist. He portrayed many famous people from around northeast Connecticut, including Senator Thomas J. Dodd and his son Christopher J. Dodd, senior Senator from Connecticut.
His professional memberships include the Lyme Art Association where he was the president, Salmagundi Club, Providence Art Club, Mystic Art Association, Washington Society Portrait Artist, Pastel Society of America and International Society of America, and the International Society Portrait Artist.
Foster Caddell’s one man shows include Providence Art Club (RI) 1948 & 1963, South County Art Association (RI) 1967, the Slater Museum (CT), and the Heritage Plantation (MA) 1985.
Caddell was included in numerous group shows throughout his career including; Springfield Museum of Fine Arts (MA) 1962 & 1977, American Watercolor Society 1973, National Academy of Design 1973, American Artist Professional League 1953, 1971, 1972, 1989, 1990,1991, the Slater Museum 1975, Providence Art Club, Brown University 1995, Beijing Academy of Fine Arts 1997, Lyme Art Association, and the Mystic Art Association.
His work is included in the museum collections of RISD and the Slater Museum
Frederick H. Buchholz was born in 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His work reflected the nation's urban scene during the Great Depression, with emphasis on American industry, entertainment and genre scene paintings. Many of his works feature strong colors and angular industrial scenes.
Buchholz's early life was like that of so many artists in the early 20th century: as funds ran out, he was forced to restrict his painting and work other jobs in order to survive after the crash of the stock market in 1929. His early days could be described as somewhat bohemian.
In the early 20's he and his wife Elsie Miller who was also an artist who went by the gender neutral name ede-else, opened a tea room, known as "The Tart", in New York, which became the "in place" for the intellectual cognoscente to meet and share their opinions on matters relevant to the day. In addition, the Buchholz's began to publish "The Quill", a periodical that provided the New York art community with the current art and literary news, as well as directory schedules of upcoming art shows and exhibitions. Their New York years saw both Buchholz's elected for the Who's Who in American Art.
Starting in the 1950's, the Buchholz's divided their time between New York City and Lyme, Connecticut. With the outbreak of World War II, Fredrick worked in an aircraft factory, which greatly influenced the subject matter of his paintings. These dynamic paintings continued to reflect his interpretation of industrial America.
After WWII his paintings began to reflect the landscape of Old Lyme. He continued to live a relatively quiet life in Lyme, painting and exhibiting in one-man and group shows for the rest of his life. He died in Lyme in 1983.
Elsie Miller was born in 1894 in New Jersey. ede-else chose the gender neutral name so as not to be categorized as a female artist. She met her husband, Fredrick Buchholz while they were students at the Art Students League in New York City in the early 1920’s, and married in 1922. They resided in Greenwich Village and were active in numerous arts groups and creative endeavors, including founding “The Quill”, a Greenwich Village poetry and art publication, in addition they operated “the Tart” a tea house, also located in the village. Common themes included modernist figural groups with dancers and nudes.
Beginning in the 1950’s ede-else divided her time between New York City and Lyme before moving permanently to Lyme Connecticut in the late 1960’s. Once in Lyme she began to paint more landscapes and still life scenes. ede-else maintained an active exhibition schedule throughout her life.
Lubow created a group of unique modernist prints based on family images which he manipulated and digitized. Lubow spent his career as a New York City advertising executive and was exposed to the contemporary art scene. In his retirement Lubow and his wife deisnged and built a landmark modernisht house in Lyme, Connecticut which contained the collection of art we now have at VHD. Though not a Lyme artist in the historic sense, Lubow continued the creative tradition of the arts in rural Lyme with a modern twist.