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Adrien Alexander Voisin spent 1929 in East Glacier, a little village on the east side of Glacier Park. While there he made contributions to the lives and future careers of three significant Montana artists. His main focus was John Clarke, a deaf/mute woodcarver and historical figure. Also learning from him was Charlie Beil, who finally settled in Banff where he was noted for his Indian portrait busts, much like those done by Voisin. The third artist was Bob Scriver, only fifteen at the time, whose huge body of work relates more closely to the Beaux Arts style of American sculpture than to the popular work of C.M. Russell. (Charlie Beil also worked with CMR.) Adrien Alexander Voisin had been educated in Paris, both with Beaux Arts sculptors and in schools of architectural ornamentation. In the Depression. When art sales plummeted, but throngs went to the movies to forget their troubles, he did a series of designs of truly marvelous movie theatres. "The Oriental" in Portland, Oregon is the one I remember. It had a huge faux idol in the lobby, and the auditorium was lined with two rows of life-sized elephants, high on the wall. When the place was demolished, people wept, myself among them. I hope the elephants are safe somewhere. Source

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