Ken Smith is a storied name in the early
annals of the Lima Art Association, later ArtSpace/Lima. He was one of that
handful of artists in the early 1950's who decided that cooperation would
have benefits and chose to work together for encouragement, mutual
instruction, and the promotion of the arts to the community.
He was among the early founding members of
the association, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, heading up
committees, and winning prizes in exhibits, all while maintaining his day
job as a designer at Lima Neon Products.
In his late teens, Smith took classes at
the Chicago Institute of Art. From those beginnings, he developed a range
of techniques, producing art in oils, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil,
and pastels. The work is realistic in style, with a careful attention to
detail. His son, Roland Smith of the Findlay Art League, says of his father
that he "was primarily a Sunday painter, [but] was quite prolific in the
variety and volume of his artwork."
Along with such figures as Bob Farmer,
Dick Minck, Jim Strong, Joe Dunlap, John Timmerman, and Jim Bassett, Ken
Smith represents our
heritage -- those who went before and
showed the way. We are what we are because they were what they were.