$ 4,300 earned by Theatre Denton from the Auction of John and Carol Alexander’s Artwork Collection

Artist: Rob Erdle, deceased 2006
Media: watercolor
Image: 15” x 22”
Frame: 22” x 30”
Date: 10/12/2002
Value: $1012

FINAL BID: $1,650

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Rob Erdle was born in 1949 in California. He received his BA from California State University, Fresno, where he studied with such notable artists as Judy Chicago and Wayne Thiebaud. He received his MFA from Bowling Green University and joined the faculty at UNT in 1976, where he taught until his death in 2006. At UNT, he taught undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing and was head of the Watercolor Program from 1976 to 2001. While teaching at UNT, Rob was also an instructor for 10 years at the American College of Switzerland, a director of the Chautauqua Institution Art Gallery, Chautauqua, NY, and director of Pacific Union College’s Summer School of Art. He also taught for 13 years at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China, which awarded him the honor of Distinguished Visiting Professor.
For 20 years, he participated in Watercolor USA as an exhibitor, curator, and judge. He was President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society located at the Springfield Art Museum, MO, from 1997- 2000. Erdle was juror for many watercolor exhibitions, including the National Watercolor Society, the Pittsburgh Aqueous Open, the Arizona Aqueous Open, and Watercolor USA. He conducted seminars and lectures across the US and in more than a dozen countries. The City of Denton has at least seven of Rob’s paintings in its Public Art Collection.

Artist: Jo Williams 
Medium: watercolor/mixed media
Image: 29.25” x 21.5”
Frame: 39.25” x 31.25”
Value: $900


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A native Texan, Jo Williams has lived in Denton for almost 50 years where she is very active
in the arts community.  Williams has a degree in art education from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) and has been teaching privately for over forty years. She conducts plein aire workshops throughout the southwest United States and in Mexico. In the summer of 2000, she taught in the Colorado Plateau Painting Workshop at Flagstaff, AZ. She also has taught week-long workshops for Artistic Gourmet Adventures in Provence and Brittany, France. In addition to teaching, she gives demonstrations for area art organizations and judges regional art exhibits.
Williams holds signature memberships in Southwestern Watercolor Society, Artists and
Craftsman Association, and the Society of Watercolor Artists.  She is also a member of the
Kingston National Registry of Who’s Who.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions.  She has won several awards including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League (now Visual Arts Society of Texas) Annual Juried Exhibition 2000 in Denton.  Williams and her husband Johnny won the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) in Denton in 2003. In 2008, Williams was invited to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree to represent the 26th Congressional District.
Solo exhibitions include an invitational exhibit at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, and an invitational exhibit at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton.  Her work is included in many private and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council. 

Artist: James J. Johnson, Jr.  
Medium: watercolor
Image: 29” x 21”
Frame: 37” x 28”
Value: $600


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James J. Johnson, Jr., a native Texan, received his B.S. in art education from West Texas State University (1957), his M. Ed. in Secondary School Administration with a minor in art from the University of Texas at El Paso (1964), and his D. Ed. from Pennsylvania State University (1967). He taught for seven years at Ysleta High School in El Paso and spent the remainder of his career (1968-1995) at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in the Art Department (now College of Visual Arts and Design). Jim was a beloved Denton icon and was a Charter and Lifetime member of VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas). He served two terms as President of the organization and supported VAST over the years with his service, knowledge, and generous financial contributions. He was also a member of the Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) and served as President 1979-80. In 2004, he received the prestigious GDAC Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA). Jim also supported the Denton Community Theater (Theater Denton) and the Denton County Historical Commission with his time and talent. Jim was a watercolor painter and taught community education watercolor classes. He exhibited his paintings in VAST Member Exhibitions, Merging Visions, and in other area exhibitions, but he may be best remembered for his drawings. He was a consummate drawer/sketcher and filled countless sketch books over the years. He drew at every church service, at every VAST meeting, Board meetings, and any meeting he attended. Twenty-five volumes of his sketchbooks are preserved in the UNT library. His watercolor painting clearly demonstrated his love for drawing, calligraphy, and graphic images.

Carol Alexander
Medium: oil
Image: 19” x 15.5”
Frame: 24” x 20”
Date: 1965
Value: Unknown


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Carol Alexander of Denton, Texas was born in Jersey City New Jersey, grew up in Secaucus, New Jersey and passed away on May 1, 2022 at the age of 89.  In her childhood, she created Christmas displays and floats for the local parades.  After graduating from Union Hill High School, Carol sharpened her skills at the prestigious Arts Students League and the Parsons School of Design in New York City. She then had a successful career drawing for clothing designers and magazine publishers there.  After moving to Argyle, Texas in 1979, her interests turned toward theater set design, and she studied at Texas Woman’s University and North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).  Carol received multiple awards from the Denton Community Theatre and the Theatre Network of Texas. Her talent was also recognized by renowned set designer Ming Cho Lee who presented her with a National Award at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC.  The Denton Community Theatre was her other family. It was a labor of love that she committed to for over 30 years.  Carol and her husband John were ardent supporters of the arts in Denton where their stars shine together on the sidewalk in front of the Campus Theatre.

George Cadell
Medium: paper sculpture of Quanna Parker
Case: 29” x 20” x 9″
Value: $2000
#2 of 100 from 1988

FINAL BID: $1,550

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Born and reared in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, sculptor George Cadell grew up among Native Americans and families descended from the first white settlers of the area when it was known as Washita, or Big Hunt Country. “When working on a piece depicting a Native American, I rely on my relationships with those I was fortunate enough to know as I was growing up in western OK,” Cadell says. “One in particular was a neighbor, Tennyson Berry, the last chief of the Kiowa-Apaches, living on the land next to that my family owned. I remember watching Tennyson and his friend Henry Tanedooah mounted on their Indian ponies riding proudly in the manner of an earlier day. There is so much misinformation about the Native American. In my work, I want to depict them as intelligent people who care about the land and nature so important to them.”

Cadell established himself as a landscape painter before turning to sculpture. He likes to work in welded steel and bronze cast from a clay sculpture. He earned a B.A. in art from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master’s from The University of Central Oklahoma and worked as an art instructor for 10 years in Oklahoma City Public Schools and for 25 years in Denton, TX Public Schools. Many of his students have stayed in contact with him through the years, and it was always his wish, he says, to help them understand what life is all about and to encourage their creative expression through their artwork. After all, it was an art instructor who first convinced him to continue his studies in art.