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April 14, 1960     The Billings County Pioneer
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April 14, 1960

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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER "Mandan - Where the West Begins" Q in By The second annual art show under the direction of Charles Grantier whs held at the Elks building in Mandan, March 26-27. Mr. Grantier exhibited water colors in the show. Seven hundred person visited the exhibit in spite of the fact that the highway between Bismarck aud Mandan was closed because of flood conditions. The show sponsored by the Ivlan- dan Art Assn. displayed a variety of subjects from children and adul~s in the area. Popularity awards were given to Mrs. Clarice Ressler, first place, ~nd Gary Miller, second. Both are fl om Manden. F~irst places winners included: water color-- Maria Zeitlmann, Bis- marck; graphics-Mrs, Jack Paul, Mandan; photography -- F. A. Oh- Isen, Mandn: children's divisian-- Spencer Brein, Mandan. Judging the exhibits were Mrs. Yvonne Butzon. Enderlin and Ruth Rudser and Ciell Gannon, Bismarck. "J. D.", as he was affectionately called, received the first hon ~r roll citation in North Dakota from the American Artists Professional League and he was honored at a banquet of the Missouri Slope Chap- ter of the lzaak Walton League and presented the scroll on April 10 i947. He died in his sleep 18 days later at the age of 96. Today Mandan is fortunate in having another artist. Charles Grantier make this city his home, directing the creative talent of the school children and inspiring the adults to paint the beauty around them. Mr, Granher. a charter member of the Bismarck Art Assn. and first president of the Mandan Art Assn received a citation from ,the Bis- marck group in 1953 for his achieve- ment in the field of art. Now in his fifth year as art in- structor in the Mandan public school system, Charles Grantier. grew up on a ranch in McKenzie county, the ~on of Jay Grantier, one of North Dakota's most colorful ranchers. Although Charles loved the rug- ged beauty of the Badlands about him, he much preferred to repro- duee artistically the sunrise and sunset colors to spendin~ a lifetime in the saddle and counting cows for a living. So is wa.~ that he received his Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of North Dakota. Majoring in art. he received a rul- er in ceramics. Grantier's career in the teaching field started at the ranch school near Keene. m McKenzie county. And last Christmas he presented a wall panel donO in crayonex color- ing of the Frank Keogh ranch near there to his brother Ed at Minot who is married to the former Betty Keogh. Cha,'les is planning a series of wall panels in old-time ranch scenes. Other scnools he taught include Medora. Regan. Mott, Crown Butte and Menoken. In between times. Grantier distinguished himself as chief designer at the Dieota Pot: tery Co. at Dickinson and director of the WPA creamics project at Mandan. It was while in Mandan that he met his wife, the former Minnie Neibauer. Together they maintain one of the most interesting homes in Mandan at 311 6th Ave. N. W. Before purchasing this old home. Mr. and Mrs. Grantier lived in the attractive stone quarters at Fort Lincoln State Park. where Mr. Gf atier was custodian in 1943-44. Hundreds of people have visited the Grantiers open house which has been held for the last 12 years during American Art Week in No- This pivture taken shows Mrs. Clariee Ressler re- ~eiving from Charles Grantier, 1959 president of the Mandan Art Assn the award for popularity In the show She also won this same honor at the 1960 show. Charles and Minnie Grantier have filled their home with priceless antiques. Charles is shown here in the "marine dining room," which features his fish collection, considered the largest in this part of the country. One of his hand woven cloths by the family. The gigantic fish collection which the Grantiers have today started Crom the time Charles bought some fish ash trays to go with the screen he had made in college. Thinkm ~ n woold be novel to follo~vthrough on the fish design, the cduple kept adding to it with the help of friends who gave them just about anything they could find with a fish on it. The "marine dining room" fea- tures Limoges china from France. Each dinner plate has an individual hand-painted fish. Fish-shaped bone dishes are used for tartar sauce. There is also an English Wedge- wood set, an exquisite Haviland china set and California pottery with a maroon coral reef design. A brass Russian sumovar with vember. Newcomers are always charcoal burner is used for special amazed at the wealth of antique occasions. Hand carved jade-hand- furniture, priceless china and glass, led cocktail forks in an oriental and the historical furnishings the] fish ~attern are ~sed for first ~o~ple have collected. ] courses. Choice Dolphin glass is dis- The gracious home festures many played in an old fashioned china :treasures which Mr. Grantier dis-1 cabinet in the dining rocm~. covered in attics and garages inI The front parlor takes one back ~V/a~dan. Many pieces he refinishedlto the days of the 1880%. The love him#elf, ~410wing of his interest, seat, platform rocker and chairs are l s[dents often call him before dis- of this vintage. Painted china lamps, posing of old pieces no longer used here and throughout the house, cast With a shuttle made from Badland's eadsr, and the westent sunset ~lors in mind, Charles Grsatler, sou of one of North Dakota's early rmmlm~ ~ joy ia we6vim@ new for pleasure. Once it was a full- neapd ntier Mrs. Ressler served as 1959-60 president of the local art useelation. --Bob Feickert Photo cover the dining room table. On it is centered an orr~mental china fish, which was part of the Italian exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. It was procured for htm by the late Laura Taylor Hughes, designer of Rosemeade Pottery, Wahpeton. --Piper Photo / a soft radiance over the hand rub- Next fall there may be a "South bed walnut furniture. There is a of the Border" atmosphere in the reel parlor organ, a lady's writing Grainier art classes in Mandan. desktoppedThe and three center .the upstairs table, traditional bedrooms marble are Land Auctions furnished in solid walnut pieces. The Grantiers' master bedroom fea- tures the most magnificent set which dates back to 1846. The huge bed- stead, as well as the matching pieces, reach the ceiling. While such antiques would look out of place in most city apartments, the whole atmosphere of this ~spac- ious home is arranged in pleasant harmony. The history of each heir- loom is faithfully recorded by the new owners. They take delight in displaying their treasures in artistic arrangements. Many of the articles in the home have ,been fashioned by Artist Grantier. An expert weaver, he has several looms in his basement. He has woven material for his wife's suit, the drapes for their bedroom, as well as met the demand for re- quests for tablecloths, napkins, run- hers. drapes and rugs. At one of the early Bismarck art exhibits he set up one of the larger looms and demonstrated the Whig Rose. a colonial pattern which was us for coverlets. For more than two decades Charles Grantier has lived in Man- dan. He is very much a North Da- kotan but his plans now are to secure more education. Oharles Grantier has put in one summer already at Highlands Uni- versity of New Mexico toward his master degree, and he will be going there again this summer. The attrac- tion this year will be an arts and craft course which includes a five week trip into old Mexico on a lecture and field trip which will be guided by Felix Payant, well known for his work with Designs magazine. Then the session will continue for another five weeks right in Las Vegas, New Mexico at the Uni- versity. Grantier will be devoting most of his time to art education and crafts for he plans a major in art education with a minor in crafts. Already Charles is warming up to the Mexican dishes and lingo. Bring $104,460 A series of state school land auc. ~ions in western counties netted $104,460 for the school trust funds. Land Commissioner Anton J. Sc~a- raids reported. The sale p~rice topped opening ofger~ by $[g~,265~ indicafi!lg the keen bidding ~t the .tales, Schn,idt said. Prices ranged up to $~5.100 for a section of Logan county land. Youth Camp to Open permanent Catholic Youth Camp in North Dakota, has been established on a 200-acre plot of land on the shore of the Garrison reservoir. Work is now being completed on a 50-room lodge that will serve as headquarters for the camp which will be under the direction of Rev. Laurence R. Talty, Riverdale. In operation for 11 years at Lake Metigoshe State Park, the camp has been moved to the Garrison Dam area because of the availabili,ty of Lakeshore land and the more de- sirable location in the center of the state. This summer's activity schedule at Camp Dominic Savio includes five 10-day earnping periods, three for boys aged'8-14 and two for pre- the camp will be open to boys and girls of all religious faiths. Boy's camping sessions will run from July 8o16, July 17-27, and July 27-Aug. 6. The camp will be operat- ed for the girls from Aug. 10-20 and Aug. 21-31. Besides residence facilities for !00 campers each session, the Dominic Savio lodge will house the camp director and 20 trained counsellors. The two-story structure will also provide space for various craft, scouting, meeting rooms, dining room and kitchen. A temporary chapel is located in one wing of the H-shaped building. Outdoor facilities at the camp will include areas for swimming and boating, ball diamonds, and an arch- ery range. The Nonpartisan League un~ni- mously endarsed Quentin Burdick, Democrat, for the United States senate at the N~L conventic~n in Bi~mrek, Saturday, March 26. While Burdick was receiving a standing ovation from the conven- tion on the second floor of the Patterson hotel, a group of disgrun- led politicians was convening in the basement. A motion that the NPL file in the Democratic column this year passed unanimously. A con,~(ntion a~,egato accused a few politicians outside the NPL of trying to sma4h up the organi- zation. The league convention recessed at 12:30 p.m. after voting to recon- vene in Bismarck April 7, the op