The watercolors of William K. Larson will be on display at the James Prendergast Library Dec. 5 through Jan. 2. An opening reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Larson has had a longtime interest in art. As early as his preteens he had a desire to become an artist, but never in his wildest dreams thought it would happen.
“This was a childhood dream that came true,” he said.
Larson was born in Jamestown 88 years ago and was educated in the Jamestown Public Schools. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1944. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto in the Pacific.
After being discharged from the service, he enrolled in Pratt Institute, a commercial art school in Brooklyn. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in advertising design and later was employed as a commercial artist in Jamestown and Erie, PA. He and a partner formed an advertising agency/commercial art and photography studio serving industrial and commercial clients in Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania; he retired some 40 years later.
An interest in watercolor painting began when he retired and has made for him an interesting hobby. His commercial art career has influenced the details found in his paintings.
When not pursuing his painting hobby, he can be found on the golf course or singing with the Jamestown Harmony Express Chorus. He is a member of the Christ First United Methodist Church and sings in the church choir. He has also been a member of the Jamestown Rotary Club for nearly 60 years.
He lives with his wife Carol in West Ellicott. They have four children and are most proud of their 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Hours to view Larson’s watercolors at Prendergast Library will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.