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 Charles F. Scholle  (1891 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape, city genre painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from William French who is handling the estate of the artist:

Charles F. Scholle (pronounced "show lee") was born on December 29th, 1891 in New York City to Bohemian immigrants Charles and Anna Scholle.  Charles Sr., a Swiss trained clock designer, was the Chief Superintendent Of Clocks, answering directly to Charles Tiffany at Tiffany and Company.  There he eventually worked for over fifty years.  The company record is seventy five years.

The younger Charles grew up in Van Est on the outskirts of Manhattan.  An avid artist since he was old enough to draw, he was the only pupil in his graduating class as P.S. #6 to begin work immediately.  He began as an apprentice illustrator for Fauser and Company.  As was the case with many child laborers, he was repeatedly mistreated and walked out with what is now the only known surviving example of his commercial illustration.  He soon pursued his interest in design by securing a position with Wishart and
Henry of 41 West 21st St.  There he studied the art of wallpaper, carpet and fabric design.

In 1906, at the age of 16, he submitted a portfolio and was accepted into the Art Students League of New York City.  There he studied fine art for two and one half years under Edward Duffner, a student of James MacNeil Whistler.  After this he entered the Cooper Union School to study design for another three years.

With the beginning of World War I, Charles enlisted in the army and went to Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, for his basic training.  After this he was made a machine gun instructor and sent to Camp Hancock, Georgia from 1918-1919. During this time Charles tried unsuccessfully to transfer to the camouflage detachment.

In 1919, after the war, Charles opened a commercial studio with another gentleman.  The firm of Kahrmann and Scholle was located at 315 Fifth Ave. New York City.  Mr. Kahrmann was the outside man while Charles managed the staff. The firm specialized in the design of wallpaper and fabrics until 1927.

It was around this time that Charles used to sketch and paint along the Sawmill River where he especially enjoyed the fall colors.  By 1925, Scholle had married Helen Macartie, whom he met after rescuing her female companion from drowning.  They soon had a daughter Audrey and then a son, Gerard.  Both became professional artists later.  Meanwhile Charles opened a studio solely under his ownership with eight designers employed.  He filed nine patents for commercial fabric and textile products while he was a commercial designer.

His clients included some of the premier manufacturers of the time, such as J.H. Thorpe and Wolf & Company.  In 1935, Charles moved his home and family to Larchmont, New York where he began to pursue his fine art work.  Until 1940 summer trips were taken out to Crescent City, California where Charles had an old colleague who convinced him that the West Coast had a beauty all it's own. This exposure would eventually lead Charles to relocate to the West Coast later in life.

In 1940, World War II saw most of the studio staff enlisting in the service.  This left Charles and one other man Joseph Longinotti in charge of maintaining the studio.  Charles soon volunteered to be the neighborhood air warden, scanning the skies and organizing blackouts.  In 1944 he moved his studio to Darien, Connecticut where in 1946 his daughter Audrey joined the studio staff as a designer.  In 1951, he relocated their home to the renowned artists' community of Westport/Weston Connecticut and commuted by train into the city.

All his life Charles was an avid outdoors man, gifted athlete and coach.  As a young man he spent his summers at Camp Oscawana, a Y.M.C.A camp in the Peekskill Mountains of New York state.  By 1917 he was the New York State Y.M.C.A champion wrestler and an accomplished coach at the East Side Y.M.C.A. (New York City).  Charles was also a local boxing champion and coach with the Men's League of New York City and a member of the National Hughes Alliance.  By 1951 he was a wrestling judge and official for the (N.Y.C.) Metropolitan Association of the Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.)

Charles always had a love and respect for the outdoors.  He was a dedicated sport fisherman since he was a young boy.  He once built a birch-bark canoe and later built an outrigger sail canoe from scratch.

And was interested in the lifestyle and traditions of  Native Americans, the trappers, and outdoors men that peopled the westward expansion of America. His subject matter was varied but he loved the landscapes and the seascapes of America.  He loved western subjects as much as shipyard scenes, fall colors, winter scenes, Cape Cod, the Maine coast, New Hampshire and Vermont.

In 1957 Charles decided to retire from his commercial art ventures.  His son a medical illustrator and his daughter a commercial artist were well off on their own careers by then.  In 1959 his daughter Audrey was married and moved to Portland, Oregon.  Charles seized the opportunity to remain near the family and further explore the artistic potential of the West Coast he had become acquainted with early on.

The family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Charles devoted his time to traveling and painting the Pacific Northwest.  He joined the Lake Area Artists Association and was a participant in the annual studio walk for many years.  He entered his work in the county fairs where he won awards.  His work was shown in public buildings, banks and community art shows.  Eventually his vision was claimed by glaucoma.  This is evident in some of the stylistic elements in his later work.  After the death of his wife, he was inconsolable.  Then in 1987, he passed away.

The artists story and collection have been respectfully preserved by his grandson, Steven Randolph Hinck.

Professional Affiliations:
Fairfield Art Association, Fairfield, Conn.
Westport Community Art Club, Westport, Conn.
Silvermine Guild, Norwalk, Conn.
Oregon Society Of Artists, Portland, Ore.
Lake Area Artists Association, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Awards: ( Incomplete list)

1972 First Place, Division 1 Professional Oils, Community Art Fair, Oak Grove Ore.
1973 Special Award for "Sideshows" Clackamas County Fair, Canby, Ore.
1974 First State Bank, Lake Oswego, Ore. Annual Special Award /art
1974 First Place Division 1 Professional oils and acrylics Clackamas County Fair, Canby, Ore.
1975 First State Bank Milwaukee Festival Daze Art Award
1974 First Place Division 4 professional, religious, any medium, Community Art Fair, Oak Grove Ore.
1975 Second Place Clackamas County Fair, Canby Ore.
1975 First Place " "
1975 Yellow Ribbon Lake Oswego Festival Of the Arts
1975 First Place, religious any medium, Community Art Fair, Oak Grove, Ore.
? Second Place, professional category, Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts
? First Place Portland Fine Arts Guild Show
? Second Place Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts

Exhibitions:( incomplete list)
Yale University, New Haven Conn.
Multnoma County Fair, Ore.
Clackamas County Fair, Ore.
Marion County Fair, Ore.
1976 Salem Mayors Invitational, Salem, Ore.
Portland Civic Center, Portland Ore.
Marylhurst College, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Portland Fine Arts Guild, Portland Ore.
Lake Oswego Chamber Of Commerce, Lake Oswego. Ore.
Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego, Ca.
Lake Grove Center, Lake Grove, Ore.
Oswego Center, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Lake Area Artists Association annual studio walks, Lake Oswego, Ore.
First State Bank, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Pioneer Savings and Loan, Portland, Ore.
Lincoln Arts Festival, Lincoln City, Ore.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Lake Oswego Arts and Flowers Festival
West Linn Inn, West Linn, Ore.
Milwaukee Festival Daze, Milwaukee, Ore.
Sambos Restaurant, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Monterey Sports Center, Monterey Ca.
Cavalier Mortgage, Monterey, Ca.
Charles Adams Memorial Chapel @ River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore. (permanent collection) Laser Devices Inc., Monterey, Ca. (permanent collection)

Published References:
A Community Of Artists: The Artists Of Westport / Weston Connecticut  by Tarrant and Tarrant: 1976

Artists of the Pacific Northwest: A Biographical Dictionary 1600's-1970  by Maria Sharylen; MacFarland & Co., 1993

Oregon State Historical Society.........database inclusion.....

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