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Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


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Monte Toon

A news Watercolor class will be held March 28, 2016 from 9AM-Noon and 1PM - 4PM. Preregistration required. The cost is $60 and is limited to 20 artists. Sign up at the museum. Click here for The list of supplies that are required (per class done in January 2016). There are additional blue paints if you choose to order them. Click here for the memo from MonteToon about the March class projects.

Artist, Monte Toon, Solo Exhibit

"Moody Hues" will open Jan. 5 and run through Jan. 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

Pictures from Reception held January 9, 2016

Monte had gracious offered a gorgeous watercolor "Independence Riverside Park" (28" x 22") to the museum for their raffle.

About Monte Toon

In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas, with setting him on his life-long path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 41 years experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.

In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels in Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his works to new heights resulting in numerous solo shows of merit. He refers to this change as a re-dedication to his watercolors.

Here are some of Monte Toon's Art.

Monte Toon's personal website.

Monte Toon at Fine Art America Website