Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton is an 8 Wonders of Kansas Art finalist because of the pencil and crayon contour drawings she started at 68 as therapy for her depression resulting in 1,000 drawings that addressed social issues.
"Grandma" Layton was a woman who touched and enriched many people's lives through her art. What distinguishes
The information in the above paragraph came from http://www.elizabethlayton.com/which is well managed by Elizabeth Layton's family. This is an excellent place to see her drawings online.
In 2006 the
Layton had not been drawing very long when Don Lambert, 27 and a reporter at the Ottawa Herald, saw her work. He was so moved by what he saw that he became her "agent" of sorts. Don helped the world know about her work. He was able to get her drawings and writings into more than 200 art museums and centers throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C.
Grandma Layton never sold any of the 1,000 drawings she did in almost 15 years of drawing but often donated them to charity auctions to benefit the arts, mental health, women's issues, etc. Thus, she raised about a quarter of a million dollars for those projects.
Conversation with Don Lambert was the source for the previous two paragraphs. To reach
Sixteen of her drawings and writings are on permanent display in a second floor classroom at the Landon Center on Aging at the KU Med Center in Kansas City, KS. These are from her "nursing home series." People who want to view this exhibit should go to room 220.
Address: 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas. This is the corner of 36th and Rainbow. Parking is available in front of the building.
Open: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Six of her original drawings are on the walls of the library.
Address: 115 W. 6th, Wellsville, Kansas
Open: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
ELIZABETH LAYTON CENTER FOR HOPE AND GUIDANCE
Three prints and one original are in the lobby.
Address: 2537 Eisenhower Rd., Ottawa, Kansas
Open: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Several of the major art museums in the state have Layton drawings but they are not always on display.
NEW BOOK IN 2013:
Signs Along The Way
Biography/memoir about Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, the courageous Wellsville, Kansas native who cured her decades-long depression with contour drawing.
2856 Utah Road, Rantoul, Kansas 66079-9027
Judy Cross: email@example.com