Lyman Byxbe was born near Pittsfield, Illinois on February 28, 1886. He learned the art of etching from Omaha architect Mark Levings and worked primarily in drypoint, aquatint, and etching. He also worked in mezzotint, crayon, oil, pencil, and watercolor. Byxbe began traveling in 1922 to Estes Park, Colorado, as summer visitors with his wife. By 1930 he had set up a studio and soon had a booming business, which included etchings of resident's cabins for Christmas cards. By the mid-thirties he was garnering national attention. He was elected to the Chicago Society of Etchers, and had a one man show of sixty-some items at the Smithsonian in 1937-1938. Byxbe moved to Estes Park for good shortly thereafter. He had a shop on Elkhorn Avenue in downtown Estes Park for many years. Byxbe died in Estes Park on March, 27, 1980.
Born in Washburn, Missouri, Edgar Payne became one of the foremost plein-air landscape painters of California in the early 20th century. He is best known for his majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain scenes and depicted so many Indians on horseback riding through the Sierra Nevada Mountains that a mountain lake was named for him. He left home at age 14 and earned money painting houses and stage sets. He traveled through the Ozarks and Mexico and was self-taught except for a brief period at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1909, he first visited California and painted Laguna Beach and San Francisco. In 1912, he married artist Elsie Palmer, and in 1917, the Santa Fe Railroad commissione
d him to paint the Southwest. The couple spent four months in Canyon de Chelly, landscape that became his main theme in the 1920s and 30s. They also traveled and sketched the Grand Canyon and in New Mexico
He returned to San Francisco in 1917 to do an 11,000 square foot mural commission for the Chicago owned Congress Hotel. A year later, he and Elsie established a home in Laguna Beach, and he became the first president of the Art Association there. They also spent several years, 1922 to 1924, in Europe and continued to maintain a winter residence in New York City. The couple separated in 1932, but she returned to live with him towards the end of his life when he was ill.
He was a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York and the California Art Club. His work is held in numerous collections including the Chicago Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, the University of Nebraska Galleries, and the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.
An American architectural etcher and engraver of the 1920's and 1930's era, Louis Conrad Rosenberg first studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then enrolled at the Royal College of Art, London, to study etching techniques under Malcolm Osborne. Rosenberg concluded his education in Rome at the American Academy. During his career Rosenberg etched and engraved many architectural views throughout both Europe and the United States. Of major interest however were the buildings of Rome, Venice and Constantinople, and he created an impressive collection of views of these three cities over of period of more than twenty years. For such fine work Rosenberg was awarded the Silver Medal from the California Print Maker's Society (1924) and the Logan Medal from the Chicago Society of Etchers (1925 & 1927). Louis Conrad Rosenberg was a full member of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers, the Brooklyn Society of Etchers, the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, London. Today his original etchings and engravings are found in the following collections, the Smithsonian Institution, the Congressional Library, Washington, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, London.