is library's first artist/author of the month
The community of Cottonwood is so very fortunate to have so many very talented people in our area. As an added attraction to the Library, the board decided to highlight local artists, authors and other talented citizens throughout the year and give them the recognition they deserve.
Paintings by Ladd Arnoti are now gracing the walls of the library for the month of March. They consist of “Old French Bridge”, “Almeida Stevens”, a Native American lady from the Kooskia area, “Venus ties the eyes of Cupid”, a very interesting portrait, and a beautiful still life painting. They are all a “must see exhibit.”
Ladd left Hungary after WWII with his family, moving to the United States, first settling near Keuterville and later Cottonwood.
Ladd began his painting career as a young man in high school, winning many awards. He was told by a teacher that only two people turn professional per year and he was not one of them.
Ladd decided he needed more training and enrolled in the Colony of International Artists which consisted of teachers from several European countries involved with the school.
Many of Ladd’s paintings were in demand while in Europe and can be found in various countries including Poland, Israel, France, Germany and Hungary. This was his financial resource during this era.
After settling in America, Ladd found his paintings did not bring the required finances to offset the expenses as they did in Europe.
Ladd has continued to paint for his own satisfaction and his art work will be inherited by his children.
This gentleman, is no stranger to the area, having been a pillar in the community for many years. Some of his business endeavors include, Ladd’s Studio where many of your graduation and family pictures were taken. The Mini Village that he established, A land development in Oregon, The Car Wash that he continues to operate, and with the help of friends, the Cottonwood Ski Area became a reality to the delight of many out door enthusiasts.
He served as Mayor of Cottonwood for 3 terms equaling 12 years of service. During this time he helped establish a paved airport which is 3200 feet long and 50 feet wide to accommodate 65% of all aircraft. A much needed up-graded water system was established during his tenure, guaranteeing each household equal water distribution.
During this time, Ladd was appointed by then Governor, John Evans, to the Magistrate Commission of the 2nd Judicial District. He also served as Idaho Finance Chairman for U.S. Senator Steve Symmes.
Ladd was a member of The Lions Club, Elks Club and Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce where he served as President.
Ladd is not only a talented painter but also an author. His book “Darkness of War, Dawn of Hope” depicting his life in Europe, the trials and tribulations endured during this time. This book will be available on certain days at the library with a book signing on Thursday, March 3rd, 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Those who have pre-purchased a book may have it autographed at this time.
We cannot feature Ladd without also recognizing his lovely wife, Dorothy, and the loving support she has given Ladd throughout the years. Dorothy is also a long standing member and supporter of the Library and thanks to her, made the Brats and Brew Auction last fall a huge success.
Ladd has now retired his paint and brushes and much of his activities due to a benign tumor causing trembling hands. Until recently he was a faithful volunteer at St. Gertrude’s Museum.
Thanks you Ladd, for your dedication and loyalty to the Community of Cottonwood. You have served us well.