Art in the Stock Yards
Every American knows that Chicago has vast "Stock Yards," a little world peculiar unto itself, but every American doesn't know that the Stock Yards have an art center, and that close to the Yards is a little colony of artists; painters and sculptors, and "casting shops" where plaster modelings are reproduced in metals. The "Colony" is holding its first exhibition as an "annual" in a spacious gallery, right under the "eaves" of the Yards. In this assemblage are some stunning bronzes by the "Florentine Brotherhood," a coterie of sculptors-many alluring figures, some graceful and others heroic in pose, and all skillful in execution. These are cast in the studios of the Brotherhood. Fay Barnes Powell is exampled in etchings and paintings. Robert Jarvie is represented in silverware, copper and brass utilities and fancies, and contributes also a collection of rugs and special furniture. Magdelena Tolson, noted as an interior decorator, has etchings in line, with several book-plates and a collection of chinas. Norman Tolson has on show portraits, miniatures, mezzo tints and posters.
Some time ago the late W. Scott Thurber occupied "The Cottage" (near the entrance to the Yards) as an art gallery. The "Florentine Brotherhood," sculptor Carlos Romaneli, and his comrade-workers, were leaders in establishing studios at the Yards. Then Robert Jarvie, silversmith, opened
studios and then others. And the Midway studios are within call, so that it may be told that the Yards colony of artists is a permanent local art center.
Source: American Art News - 1st January 1916