Lewis University Adele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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Pilcher Park (Joliet, Illinois)
Pilcher Park (Joliet, Illinois)
TitlePilcher Park (Joliet, Illinois)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingApril 15, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of Pilcher Park in Joliet, Illinois. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleQuiet beauty found in tiny Pilcher brook : soft tones of green and russet blend with silver grays.
Transcript of the ArticleFrom the Joliet Herald-News Sunday April 15, 1928 "Suddenly, after driving along and along—apparently quite surrounded by trees and trees and trees, until you begin to be hypnotised into a dreamy, tree like state—suddenly you come to this little swampy place. Of course it is Pilcher Arboretum, for that means trees, lovely trees, where ever you look. But you can't always look at trees, and a close wood interior always makes you like the open space, especially if it jumps at you suddenly. It is a charming little swamp with a stream running out of it, away from you between two narrow, little banks, for all the world as if it were running up hill. It's just the way you look at it. And you'll have to look for it before you find it—just keep on going East until the road swings around. Bullfrogs Harp Thoughtfully. You'd like it. To be sure it isn't landscaped out of its naturalness and it is all the better for that. Poetic bullfrogs harp thoughtfully upon the same old tune. Young willows and populars lift themselves straight into the air, their reflections plunging deep down into the pool. Birds fly about twittering happily because spring is here, Here blows the sweet, fresh wind thru the trees from that lonely perspective going off behind the banks. The gray tones of the gray distance shade into each other, the soft tones of green here and there harmonize with the silver grays of the branches, the russets of the dead leaves. It is a symphony in grays, and as such it is lovely. Gentle Gray Fades. But wait! It is well to appreciate the beauty of a gray, because you can never be sure of keeping it. Behold—a ray of sunlight peeps thru the clouds and dispossess all the grays. The darks are so much darker, and the lights are so much lighter, that the time gray tone dares not show its face. Every value—that is, the tone, is completely changed in its relation to other tones. You would say that the scene was more cheerful, more joyous, more lively, more joyous, and perhaps it is. But it is no longer a symphony, if that is what you like best. Beauty Found Everywhere. You can find the same experience, probably in any haphazard little country driveway. Or you can fain experiences, different but still interesting done almost any alleyway. Street scenes, alley ways, country lanes, park drives, each and every one of them can yield a rich harvest of visual experiences to any layman, let alone a student or an artist. Beautiful color is everywhere, if only the lay person will open his eyes and look around him. The magic wand of light, changing light—as for instance a sunrise, or a sunset, can change the most commonplace spot into a thing of beauty. And it must be remembered that some of the so called ‘unsightly' scene and streams—are things of beauty when recreated by the artist's point of view. The gentle, wandering, dirty, lazy little stream is often so beautiful in color and design and above all in expression that it thrills you to the head. The best landscape designers, architects and gardeners have now the aim to achieve this naïve, simple, natural beauty and not to kill it out, all there is in the combination of effects. Run Graceful Streams. It is a parlous, unhappy thing to work so hard to ruin the graceful beauty of a stream by curbing it between long straight stone walls. When the powers that be, decide to train, to control, to crib, cabin and confine its pretty meanderings, they are often unsympathetic and even ruthless, devastating. It is well to be clean and correct in your revamping, but beauty is equally important. Go and look at the lovely sinuous little streams that beautify so naturally the beautiful arboretum."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description27.5 cm. x 21.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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