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J. Franklin Caveny Figure Artist, Sculptotr and Platform Personality J. Franklin Caveny, ex-editor of The Sketch Book of the Art Institute, Chicago, a favorite student of Lorado Taft, the famous sculptor, is popular both in the United States and abroad, a master of clay and crayon. Sketches From Life! Colorful Landscapes! Rapid Clay Modeling • J. FRANKLIN CAVENY, famous as a painter of popular pictures, is especially original and diverting as a platform artist. Colorful paintings of pastel landscapes, portraits and cartoons appear under Mr. Caveny's flying fingers; a bit of clay tossed on a board, pressed and patted and there appears some droll type or the visage of one of the immortals; a glance over the audience and the image of some distinguished citizen is transferred to the paper. • Mr. Caveny is by turns amusing, eloquent, poetic and dramatic; laughter and applause are frequent and the inspiration lingers. Figure COMMENTS ON CAVENY CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, Aug. 6, 1935. Characters created before your eyes, pastel landscapes, portraits and cartoons—immortals in crayon and clay—a glorified 'chalk-talk'!—Sam Banning, Secretary. LAWSON TOWERS, Y. M. C. A., Chicago, Ill. Few artists are so greatly appreciated and seldom has one received such an ovation. Even though you have appeared twice on our programs during one month the adience enjoyed every moment.—Henry Sistrunk, Social Secretary. ILLINOIS WOMEN'S PRESS ASSOCIATION, Lakeshore Drive Hotel, Chicago, May 2, 1935. Dear Mr. Caveny … Just splendid … We do appreciate.—President Prudence Penny. ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN, Palmer House, Chicago. It was indeed a great pleasure to have you with your marvelous talents and personality in our midst at the Palmer House on May 18, for our Club and the Music Study Club. Your rare type of art entertainment was a delight to everyone.—Beulah Browne Prentiss, Secretary, May 25, 1935. SUNDAY EVENING CLUB, Wilmette, Ill. Gave us a Lincoln Day Program—splendid! Far beyond my expectation—audience greatly pleased—I gladly recommend.—W. Frank McClure, President. PEN AND PENCIL CLUB, Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago, Jan. 13, 1935. Your work, as always, was a surprise and delight to all.—John Ross Reed, Master of Ceremonies. SOUTH BEND, IND., KNIFE AND FORK CLUB. Caveny's cartoons, art sketches and clay modeling made a big hit here.—Lloyd Greenan, Secretary. Figure ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, Chicago, May 17, 1933. Will you kindly tell Mr. Caveny that his lecture was the most interesting program we have had this year. It seemed to me to be the best type of art demonstration I have ever seen or heard. This was an art demonstration, its cultural value quite out-stripping its entertaining nature which was in itself so worthwhile.—Yours sincerely (Sister) Mary Barnadine. HIGH SCHOOL, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Every school should have Caveny. He pleases, inspires and instructs. As a director of School Assembly programs I heard and saw Mr. Caveny in Chicago and at once engaged him for Miwaukee.—G. J. Balzer, Supt., Milwaukee, Wis. HARRISON TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, Chicago, Illinois. I was a bit skeptical of Mr. Caveny's ability to hold the attention of our many students but he did hold it in a remarkable manner indeed. His four programs for our five thousand students gripped them all.—Prof. Blankensoph, Dean of Boys. LECTURE-ENTERTAINMENT KIETH THEATRE, Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 4, 1935. (Audience 1300.) Dear Mr. Caveny: May I again express my sincere thanks for your very fine program at our Big Meeting on Feb. 4. Large audience was deeply appreciative.—Cordially yours, Harry W. White, Gen. Sec'y, Y. M. C. A. STATE TEACHERS' CONVENTION, Ashland, Wis., Sept. 4, 1934. J. Franklin Caveny's lecture-entertainment delighted and inspired. We never paid one hundred dollars more gladly.—Miss Agnes Boyington, Program Chairman. HIGH SCHOOL, Oneonta, N. Y. The literary quality of his program alone made it worth while.—Miss Mary Pakaris, President of Dramatic Club. FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Chicago, (Third appearance), Jan. 18, 1935. The program you gave us last evening was one of the most delightful of the season.—Jean Werner, Program Chairman. SOROSIS CLUB, Oak Park, Ill. A rare program—much enjoyed. Come again.—Mrs. Herbert P. Snyder, Program Chairman. CENTRAL STATE TEACHERS' COLLEGE, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Today we had J. Franklin Caveny for a return engagement and both students and faculty were delighted with him.—C. C. Barnes, Registrar. BLOOM TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL, Chicago Heights, Ill., April 8, 1935. The most interesting program we have had this year. He kept our 1600 students on the edges of their chairs.—Roswell C. Puckett, Principal. WESTERN ILLINOIS STATE TEACHERS' COLLEGE, Macomb, Ill., July 9, 1935. Your program before the students here was a complete success in every way. You mixed just the right proportion of art, humor, and literature to entertain and inspire. Irving Garwood, Ph.D., Chairman of Program Committee. HIGH SCHOOL, Superior, Wis., Oct. 1, 1934. A splendid program—a really outstanding attraction!—Miss Ethel Ballou, Principal. HIGH SCHOOL, New Rochelle, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1932. Mr. Caveny gave a wonderful program. His large audience returned unstinted applause.—Prof. G. H. Eckels, Supt. HIGH SCHOOL, Ithaca, N. Y., Nov. 30, 1932. Delighted and inspired.—R. F. Bliss, Principal. UNION HIGH SCHOOL, Glendale, Calif. Two thousand students highly entertained—The beautiful art work was praiseworthy, the poetry pleasing, humor really amusing, clay-modeling inspirational and the quotations glittering literary gems. We have had many programs—none have pleased like Caveny's.—John E. Kienle, Chairman Assembly Committee. Caveny Has Entertained Many Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs THE EBELL CLUB, Los Angeles, Calif. Alternately touched the sublime and the ridiculous … Landscapes, with the quality of oil paintings, grew rapidly under the swift hands of the artist … Then applause—spontaneous, frequent, and prolonged.— The Ebell Magazine. MEN'S CLUB, Kenosha, Wis., Jan. 21, 1935. Many beautiful scenes, working swiftly with sure strokes to astound the audience. He modeled busts of immortals of history, designed a landscape of rags, he drew caricatures of several members of the audience—drawing frequent laughter and applause but left an inspirational message.— Kenosha Evening News, Kenosha, Wis., Jan. 22, 1935. EXECUTIVES' CLUB, Sherman Hotel Ballroom, Chicago, Feb. 15, 1935. (Recalled Mar. 2, 1935). Mr. Caveny never fails to ring the bell! He draws with much speed—and his comments, while working, keep the audience in a roar.—B. L. Parsons, Program Director, Executives' Club. AUSTIN WOMAN'S CLUB, Austin, Ill., April 11, 1933. Beautiful scenes changed with marvelous dexterity—modeling in clay most spectacular and diverting—incredibly enough ordinary rags gave the illusion of snow clad mountains and green trees and a clear lake.— The Austinite, April 12, 1933. DETROIT, MICHIGAN EXPOSITION, Detroit, Mich., March 9 to 17, 1935. The thousands of Exposition guests were delighted with your clever work. The artistry of your drawing and clay-modeling is of the highest order.—Dr. Galen Star Ross, Platform Mgr. IRVING PARK, ILL., WOMAN'S CLUB. Delighted all. Quite marvelous indeed!—Mrs. Jessie M. Reed, Feb. 10, 1936. Y. M. C. A., Detroit, Michigan. I am enthusiastic enough about your two programs to carry a definite memory—always. Excellence and high quality.—Lawrence R. Cadwell, Activities Sec'y, Jan. 21, 1916. ALBANY PARK, M. E. CHURCH, Chicago. Your program at our Church Sunday night was the finest of this kind that I have ever seen in my lifetime!—John M. Schneider, Pastor, Jan. 7, 1936.
|Title||J. Franklin Caveny|
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