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Born in 1888 in Chicago, and raised in that city, Frank Gavencky was a painter and art teacher, known for landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and desert vistas of California. He completed most of his art studies in the Chicago area and developed his painting skills at the Art Institute of Chicago* and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts*. His teachers included Antonin Sterba and Charles Dahlgreen. In Chicago he was a member of the Palette & Chisel Club*, Chicago Painters and Sculptors, Bohemian Art Club, and Chicago Gallery Association. In California he was on the Board of Directors of Northern San Diego County. Gavencky was drawn to the Pacific Coast and often traveled to California during the 1930's to paint, and in the next decade, moved to the town of Ramona, California, and stayed there until his death. Gavencky had a highly realistic painting style that was complimented by a softer brushstroke. His work was exhibited in Illinois at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1920 to 1930; Palette & Chisel Club, 1921 to 1925; Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition, 1933; Toman Library of Chicago, 1934 with a solo exhibition; Illionis State Museum, 1939. In California he participated in exhibitions at the Palomar Collection, 1951 and 1962; La Jolla Library, 1951; Escondido Library, 1961. and Pasadena Art Institute with a solo exhbition in 1932.

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