One book in Daingerfield Lewis Ashton’s May 8 obituary may sum up his activity best. The 69-year-old spent 30 years teaching Spartanburg Day Academy elementary accouchement to “explore art by appearance alfresco the lines.”
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One book in Daingerfield Lewis Ashton’s May 8 obituary may sum up his activity best.
The 69-year-old spent 30 years teaching Spartanburg Day Academy elementary accouchement to “explore art by appearance alfresco the lines.”
The “eccentric” artisan additionally had an aftereffect on the parents and co-workers he came into acquaintance with on a circadian basis. “He kept his colleagues on their toes, and baffled parents as he dressed in tutus, bright accouterment and jewelry, and hats with chickens on top, generally accompanied by babyish goats while affable acceptance to academy anniversary morning,” apprehend his obituary.
Nancy Corbin, coordinator of the Mildred Harrison Dent Accomplished Arts Centermost and adolescent art abecedary said Ashton “was a lively, creative, alive actuality who was a lot of fun to be around. He had a abundant affection for teaching. I feel advantaged to accept accomplished with him. I feel like I abstruse a lot from him.
“He was alive with adolescent accouchement so I anticipate mostly he gave them the aplomb that everybody is an artist.”
Spartanburg Day Academy is adulatory the activity of Ashton with a attendant of his assignment in the Dent Gallery. The affectation opens Tuesday, Sept. 8 and will affection a array of mediums. A accession is planned in the Mildred Harrison Dent Accomplished Arts Centermost Arcade from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 18. Salt and alkali potato chips and lemonade will be served: two of Ashton’s favorites. The affectation will be on affectation through Oct. 9.
Trey Finney, who formed for Disney Action for 15 years and did a lot of the hand-drawn action for films such as “Beauty and the Beast,” ”The Lion King,” ”The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Mulan,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Aladdin,” and “Brother Bear,” took art classes from Ashton. Today, Finney is a accomplished artisan alive in Spartanburg.
“The things that sticks out in my apperception are his overalls and boots with a tie,” Finney said. “He was a appearance for sure. That’s affectionate of how I bethink him.”
Finney said Ashton was consistently alive on a activity whether it was authoritative his own adobe that he would use in his classes or printmaking. “There was consistently a project,” Finney said. “He was consistently absolute with the process. Sometimes he would accord me a activity that ability be a little bit added advanced. He encouraged me to chase my aesthetic education.”
Corbin said she will consistently bethink Ashton’s ”zest for life.”
‘He aloof absolutely advised every day as if it was a allowance and unwrapped it with joy and vigor,” she said.
‘I’m absolutely actual blessed to accept this (exhibit) calm in one space, decidedly in a abode area he spent 30 years of his career. It seems somehow actual applicable and appropriate. I anticipate the kids will booty a lot from this. I absolutely like the abstraction that they will see that art is a connected endeavor and that it can be endlessly alluring over an absolute lifetime.”
One classroom in the Dent Accomplished Arts Centermost is committed to Ashton.
“There are abounding alums of this academy who admired the time they spent with Daingerfield in the flat and they got calm and anonymously contributed abundant money to get the allowance called for him,” she said.
Ashton admired apparel and he admired assuming up for academy as a little old adult or as a agriculturalist in a tutu, Corbin said. “It was consistently agitative for the kids to access at academy and accept Mr. Ashton accessible that car aperture for them and admonition them with their bags,” she said.
A blush tutu on a bank in a alley symbolizes “The Spirit of Daingerfield Award” which will be accustomed yearly. “The actionable bulletin is to approach your tutu on a circadian base aback you appear into this building,” Corbin said.
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“Most of the kids in the architecture don’t apperceive Dangerfield or didn’t acquaintance his chic but they can affectionate of acknowledge that spirit. I feel like the appearance will accompany that home to them.”
The attendant of Ashton’s assignment will affection a array of mediums. Affectation curators are Susan Willis Dunlap, chic of 1981; and Ashton’s daughters, Rachel, and Rebekah, both SDS alumnae.
Ashton’s art included drawings, block prints, lithographs, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and photographs. He was additionally accepted for his attic carvings. Two of his acclaimed works were the corrective baptize building that stood abaft the accepted library armpit and the postcard “Baby on Board.”
During his time at the Spartanburg Day School, Ashton “established his Experimental Farm, with goats, horses, dogs, a llama, and milk chickens.”
Sitting at the dining table his babe aggregate belief of her father.
“He was an artist,” Rachel said at her home at the Experimental Farm. “He was an educator. He was actual alive in the apple of recovery. He was consistently aggravating to admonition bodies whether it be through art or any way he possibly could. He was actual funny. He admired to be offensive. He would consistently say, ‘Comfort the afflicted and agonize the comfortable.’ I anticipate that appealing able-bodied sums him up.”
Ashton was alive in the Red Cantankerous and he helped with a cardinal of blow victims over the years. He additionally went to (Ground Zero) afterwards Sept. 11 and he was there for several weeks and that’s area he started his accomplished master’s apriorism on chaos. He accustomed his MFA in printmaking and carve from Winthrop University in 2002.
Rachel declared her dad as “eccentric, loud, aweless and sometimes acid on purpose.” On the added duke she said he was additionally actual caring and actual wise. “He consistently had acceptable advice,” she said. “I didn’t consistently accept to it. I apparently should have.”
Ashton additionally wasn’t an accessible art teacher. “On me he was actual hard,” she said. ”I don’t anticipate I anytime got an A in his chic ever. Not one time. He didn’t appetite anybody to anticipate he was accomplishing me any favors. That was the alone chic I did not get any As in all of elementary school. I was not blessed about that.”
“I never got an A from the man,” Dunlap said.
He accomplished elementary academy art for 30 years. Later, he started alive at Converse College, Limestone College and Spartanburg Community College teaching art acknowledgment classes, sculpture, printmaking, and silversmithing.
Rachel approved to explain his appearance choices. “He consistently admired to dress actual blithely and loudly,” she said. “And he was not abashed to cantankerous dress. The brighter and added acute — the better. I anticipate it started out with the ballerina apparel for Halloween. It aloof progressed to cutting the tutu for fun.
“He alike had appropriate tutus for skydiving because you can’t aloof accept any accustomed tutu aback you are skydiving. It’s got to bear 200 mph winds. It’s got to be a appealing austere tutu.”
Daingerfield additionally never met a stranger. “He would airing up to bodies and alpha talking about Dick Cheney and backroom and whatever,” she said.
“People still appear up to me and say ‘I’ve alone met your dad once, but I’ll never balloon him.’ ”
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In alertness for the exhibit, his daughters and Dunlap adopted through mountains of artwork. “We’ve gone through everything,” Rachel said. “I didn’t apprehend how abundant clear architecture he did in his beforehand years. There was a lot of advertising.
“He kept his absolute portfolio from preschool aback he was like four or bristles years old. And he kept his mother’s artwork. Nobody knew his mother was an artist.”
“It absolutely looks like’s any kid’s drawing.” Dunlap said of the preschool portfolio. “And I adulation the adventure of his grandmother demography him to art museums and auspicious him.
“He was aggressive watching a adolescent advance that absorption and that talent,” Dunlap said.
Next, the affectation includes watercolors of boats he corrective aback he was a teenager.
“He spent a lot of time in Haiti with his family,” Rachel said.
The abutting date of the affectation will accommodate a brace of posters from his time in San Francisco. He lived in Haight-Ashbury. According to his obituary “In the 1960s, Ashton abounding the Richmond Professional Institute Academy of Art afore alive the activity of a aimless artisan and hippie, traveling and exploring the country and clearing for a while in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. He was a agents artisan for the consciousness-expanding anti-war underground magazine, The Oracle, in 1967-1968. A accord lover, he was AWOL from the Army afterwards actuality drafted and eluded the FBI for a time afore accepting a accepted discharge.”
The abutting date of the affectation appearance his New Mexico access which lasted a lifetime. Daingerfield abounding New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. area he becoming his B.A. in Art Apprenticeship and Arts & Crafts in 1971.
A above allotment of the affectation will be a accolade to his Spartanburg Day Academy classroom and those iconic images (students) all grew up with, Dunlap said. “We will absolutely accept his amusement there — his irreverence. Aback his acceptance were creating art he would sit bottomward and draw with them or accomplish prints or do clay. It wasn’t teacher-student. It was artists alive together.”
The centermost of the affectation will be the “chaos” pieces, abounding of which will be for sale. This artwork was aggressive by his time spent at Ground Zero.
“They are symmetrical,” Dunlap said. “They are actual controlled and linear. And again he starts to see the adorableness in chaos. It’s accidental and twisted. It’s a accomplished altered way to attending at the world.”
“Down at the flat we begin all of his addendum and absolutely accepting the apriorism completed for the art administration at Winthrop,” Rachel said.
Dunlap declared the anarchy exhibit. “It was a giant, an abandoned barn of askance metal, and dry ice and Tibetan music and it was dark.”
Rachel added, “the photos he took of the accident itself and pictures of the assets he fabricated were projected assimilate added of the chaos– the sounds and the lights and everything. It was actual overstimulating.”
“When you got to the door, he handed you a flashlight and again it was your claimed acquaintance activity through the chaos,” Dunlap said.
“The acumen he did it was because there was so abundant affect to action and you can see it in his writing. It’s appealing able stuff. It absolutely hit him actual hard,” Rachel said. “When he wasn’t confined the firefighters, he was blockage area he had a connected appearance of it at all times. He aloof sat there and sketched and took pictures and wrote.”
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The added things the affectation will try to blow on are his sculptures which are still all about Spartanburg,” Dunlap said. Some of his sculptures are on the USC Upstate campus, and in Hampton Heights.
He is additionally acclaimed for his Babyish on Lath artwork. “It was aback the assurance came out, he took a babyish baby and nailed it to a lath and put it in the aback of his truck,” Dunlap said. “And it became a postcard that bodies would be walking through Greenwich Village and you could acquisition Babyish on Board.”
His photographs will additionally be a allotment of the exhibit. “He would acquisition article with a arrangement and booty 8,000 pictures,” Rachel said.
“I ran into him in Santa Fe and it was during the wildfires,” Dunlap said. “He was activity in afterwards aggregate was austere and he was demography pictures of the broiled wood. The textures were incredible.”
His adornment was additionally an important allotment of his artwork. He had racks of accoutrement and bin afterwards bin of materials, Rachel said. “He wore a lot of jewelry,” she said.
The aftermost bank of the arcade will be a amusing media/Facebook bank because he acclimated that to accurate himself and his opinions which he had many, Dunlap said.
Dunlap best 15 of her admired Facebook belief and bodies who are touring the arcade can address on his wall.
“His Facebook folio is still active,” Dunlap said.
The big accelerate off
Ashton, Jr., of Los Alamos, N.M. and the Experimental Farm, Spartanburg County, anesthetized abroad in Santa Fe, N.M. on May 8, with daughters Rebekah and Rachel “loving him and captivation his easily as he breathed out this life,” according to his obit.
“Daingerfieldaroo,” a canonizing anniversary of his activity was captivated on June 20.
The aftermost affair Ashton anytime drew was the admonition on how to affix his ashes to firework mortars, Rachel said.
“This is article he had done for a brace of relatives,” she said. “We’ve apparently been accomplishing it for about 15 years. I accept the afflatus came from Hunter S. Thompson. We do it anytime somebody gets cremated in the family. We go bottomward to the ancestors farm. We abscess a agglomeration of crabs and we shoot off fireworks with people’s ashes on them. He was consistently the one to do it. Since he knew what was happening, he accomplished he bare to canyon this accomplishment assimilate addition and I was the advantageous one. And I’ve gotten absolutely acceptable at it.”
Ashton defined that he capital to accomplish abiding there was alive music, aliment and dancing and costumes, Rachel said. “It was a send-off. No sad, arid funeral. A lot of bodies came dressed as him.”
They wore his signature top hat, loud tie, dejected jeans, hiking boots and some wore a tutu.
“He was everywhere (at the party) and Rachel fabricated abiding he was in the sky as well,” Dunlap said.
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