Buckett Pendley is active/lives in Indiana, Illinois. Buckett Pendley is known for decorator, landscape, portrait, horses.
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The following is from Trent Pendley, submitted August 18, 2002:
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Buckett Pendley's pedigree is so deeply rooted to the early
American colonies and so many chapters of the history of these United
States that Buckett often says "She is more American than apple
pie!" Buckett descends from a mother with a colonial American
background, and a father whose four grandparents were all natives of
England. The artist was named, Bertha Ellen, after an English
Lady, her father's auntie Bertha Sanderson Perkins, who had visited the
Indiana Dunes country in 1935 and when touring the United States.
Our artist has never been fond of her name Bertha. As a child she
was appalled with the eastern European pronunciation 'Berta' that was
too common among the immigrant society of northwestern Indiana and
seniors who inhabited the neighborhood of her early days. Luckily
an older brother's nomenclature of "Buckett" quickly caught on when
this artist was just a toddler and the name has stuck. Buckett's
given name unknown to most has been closely guarded by the family to
respect her wishes, and only appears on legal documents. Nevertheless a
WZVN-FM morning radio program broadcasted in northwest Indiana on
August 18, 1996 titillated listeners about the origins of Buckett's
Buckett was born on August 11, 1936 at Saint
Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana. She was the last
of four children born to George S. W. Lewry and Marie Lisle
Lewry. Buckett's mother, a graduate of Valparaiso University had
come to Indiana in 1914 from Lima, Ohio. Following Marie Lisle's
academic studies she had been offered a teaching position in a rural
school in the dunes area. While working near Furnessville and
boarding with a local family, during the school week, Marie had met her
future husband. Buckett's father was a grandson of the
Furnessville Lewry's and of a family that had come to the Indiana Dunes
Country in 1858 from Chicago and earlier from Brighton, England.
George Lewry (1894-1938) was a well-known personality in the Calumet
Region. He had been a leader in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic
Worker's Local 210 and wrote the Voice of Labor column for The Hammond Times
newspaper. He also hosted a radio program on WCFL's 'Voice of
Labor' in nearby Chicago. Buckett has no recollection of her
progressive father as he died from the results of an industrial
explosion in 1938 when she was only age seventeen months.
Lewry distraught over the loss of her husband and left with four
children, the oldest a son suffering from asthma and boarded with a
family far away in Arizona, made young Buckett her pet. The young
fatherless child was given her every want and when it became apparent
that Buckett had artistic talents those had been encouraged.
Buckett's frequent travels with her mother to visit her brother in the
American Southwest aboard the Santa Fe's luxurious 'Super Chief' train
exposed her to Native Americans. One of her earliest works was
carving a sketch of a battle between cowboys and Indians into the
cherry wood headboard of her mother's colonial bed.
lived along Chestnut Street in the Saxony area of Hammond, Indiana, a
south side neighborhood that was considered rural and isolated prior to
WWII. Her childhood neighborhood consisted of a melting pot of ethnics
from Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, refugees from the genocide of
Armenians in Turkey as well as a hub of French and English colonials
represented by her parents and others. During this time Saxony
was also an equestrian area and here our artist commenced her longtime
admiration for horses. At the neighboring Woodrow Wilson
Elementary School Buckett's artistic talents were acknowledged as so
advanced that her art teachers allowed her to study
independently. Her creative exuberance wasn't respected by the
other academics in the school and young Buckett spent much of her time
isolated from the class and penalized to sitting alone in the
hall. The fatherless child also often skipped class in the
afternoon in order to spend time with her mom before the widow Marie
Lewry went to work on a regular three-to-eleven shift.
The local newspaper The Hammond Times
first publicized Buckett's talents when reporting on art students at
Irving Junior High School in 1948. Shortly thereafter Goldblatts,
in downtown Hammond the largest department store in the state, allowed
Buckett to decorate some of their famous store windows, gaining her
more recognition in the local papers.
Buckett chose to attend
the newly opened Hammond Technical High School in 1951, a post war
structure that had crisp facilities and over the aging but more
prestigious Hammond High School. Marie Lewry's attempts to enroll
Buckett at the School of the Chicago Art Institute were turned down due
to her young age. Buckett received her High School Diploma in
1954, and by that time she was already engaged to Mickey E.
Pendley. They were married two days after Buckett's 18th birthday
that August, and have been married for as many years.
artistic talents were tabled during the time she raised her two sons,
Trent born in 1957 and Brett born in 1959. However, she began
studying with the artist Mabel McCarthy in the early 1960's. Her
oils on canvas of realist landscapes, horses and Middle Eastern themes
and portraits, were exhibited at the Minas Salon Show and at other
local art shows. Buckett's most prolific years were during this
time and when her children were attending the same elementary school
that she had attended two decades prior. Buckett's sons attended
class in a newer post WWII building that her mother had been asked to
lay the cornerstone, and honoring the Lewry's struggles as a PTA
activists to have the state-of-the-art structure built. This Woodrow
Wilson Elementary School is the setting in Lee Zacharias' 1981 novel Lessons.
was during the mid 1960's that Buckett had been hired to decorate the
large display windows of Verek's Furniture Store in the Hessville
neighborhood, an area that had been the inspiration for Jean Shepherds'
novels and the motion picture A Christmas Story.
Buckett's innovated design created a "T'was the Night Before Christmas"
theme, and each window portrayed various portions of the seasonal
classic. Some of the store windows had life-size displays with
mannequins with real furniture as props and others showcased the
holiday poem in miniature.
The Hammond Times again
portrayed Buckett and her oil paintings when doing a story on her
Saxony home appointed with colonial fixtures. The family moved
shortly after the publication of that article in September 1967 and
after building a new residence in Crown Point, the seat of Lake
County. The new family home, constructed on a ten-acre parcel in
the Valparaiso moraine was named Walnut Hill and for an abundance of
black walnut trees that covered a prominent hillside. The new
house was equipped with a spacious art studio and Buckett commenced to
paint on larger canvases. The multi-talented artist remained in
demand by business acquaintances and especially builders for
consultations for interior and exterior design.
constant consultation with an area builder eventually led to Buckett's
real estate interests. A portrait commission of a local Lebanese
merchant's deceased mother paid for her Real Estate course and a career
at which she has been prominently engaged in for over a quarter of a
century. By 1976 she had founded Buckett, Incorporated, and had
orchestrated the build of a block of homes along Shorewood Drive in
Valparaiso that was designed to reflect various styles of American
architecture from a colonial saltbox to a colonnaded antebellum and
various crafts chalets. In spite of a rigorous schedule of
selling real estate and building new homes, Buckett on occasion still
found time for her passion of painting and taking classes with local
university art professors and private lessons with area artists namely
Gerri Grovert and Fred Holley. Although her works have numbered
among a number of private collections and the Grossman collections at
LaRabida Hospital in Chicago, Buckett's own American Dream Realty
offices established in 1987 near the historic town square in Crown
Point has been where she prominently portrays her works not kept at
Buckett is known as a hard-working, savvy
businesswoman, an artist with a keen imagination, accomplished and
respected. Considered a hallmark of the community the Mayor of
Crown Point Indiana, James Metros, acknowledged Buckett for all her
accomplishments with a proclamation on October 14, 1997, celebrating
her twenty-five years in business and U.S. President, Bill Clinton,
sent congratulations from the White House. The same day the
Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce also acknowledged the
flamboyant and animated artsy Realtor with a special ribbon cutting at
her gentrified offices, a 1907 Victorian on North Main Street.
Three years later, the Crown Point Garden Club acknowledged Buckett's
beds of blooming flowers as an awarded site. She had purchased
what had for years been a neglected eye sore dwelling near the historic
town square but Buckett's renovations and manicured gardens had turned
the old residence into a bustling Main Street landmark.
offices have not only entertained her clients to real estate
transactions but to collections of vintage crystal chandeliers and an
impressive collection of leaded and stained glass windows. In
1999 David Rogers, a prodigy of the Wyeth-Hurd dynasty of American
painters, portrayed Buckett against one of her regal windows for her
45th Wedding anniversary. For the unveiling of her portrait,
Buckett's offices hosted a one-day exhibition of David Rogers works on
loan from the family gallery, and the artist entertained scores of
guests at a high tea with stories about his famous relatives and their
friends, the crème del la crème of the American arts.
other oil paintings by David Rogers, the grandson of Henrietta Wyeth
and Peter Hurd and the Great Grandson of N.C. Wyeth, were commissioned
by Buckett of local landmarks including Lewry House Surreal of
her great grandfather's brick home, the oldest surviving residence in
the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore area and a setting in the late
Edwin Way Teale's 1943 autobiography Dune Boy: the early years of a naturalist. The latest portrait is Indiana Dunes Beach Picnic featuring Buckett, the late Marie Lewry and Mrs. Pendleys two young children. Another commission by David Rogers Faces in Time,
a cubist oil on canvas of the 1878 Lake County Courthouse with four
cameos of the historic towns' many famous and infamous visitors: Susan
B. Anthony, Rudolph Valentino, Tom Mix and John Dillinger. A
panel of judges selected the naming of this painting after Buckett
invited the community to offer their suggestions to name the important
work and a local eight-year-old elementary school student's entry was
chosen. Rogers' The House on the Hill is to be used for
the forthcoming dust cover of a novel that had originally scandalized
Crown Point in 1930 and an all but forgotten story that Buckett's
offices have revived an interest and are having republished.
Buckett is a member of the Northern Indiana Arts
Association. The Indiana Historical Society's 'Women's History
Archives' contains papers on Mrs. Pendley. Buckett's biography was
portrayed in Lake County Heritage, Stephen A. Yaros, Jr. editor, Curtis Media Corp. 1990.
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