The Life and Art of Charles A. Wilimovsky: Forgotten Master
by Roland Sabates, with Foreward by Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D. – President, Kansas City Art Institute

These pages display the impressive artwork & story of C.A. Wilimovsky. An influential teacher at both the Kansas City Art Institute & the Art Institute of Chicago, Wilimovsky was a forgotten master until Kansas City eye surgeon Roland Sabates began researching regional artists for his book about the art & history of the Oak Street Mansion. Wilimovsky’s name kept surfacing as a teacher of such prominent artists as Walter Alexander Bailey, Ralph Goltry, Fred Geary, Walt Disney, & John Steuart Curry.

Ever curious, Roland began the formidable task of researching the artist & his works. He discovered not only an influential teacher, but an outstanding painter, etcher, & lithographer, and a master of the woodcut. Some of Wilimovsky’s work has joined the stunning collection on display at the Oak Street Mansion, the popular Art Hotel in Kansas City operated by the Sabates family. The much-admired location gives visitors an opportunity to view a lifetime of art collecting by Roland & Marcia Sabates.

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The Oak Street Mansion: The History, Art and Sculpture of Kansas City’s Small Art Hotel
by Roland Sabates, with Foreward by Burton L. Dunbar – Professor of Art History, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Welcome to Kansas City’s Oak Street Mansion & its beguiling Art Collection. The artwork, splendidly reproduced in the pages of this book, represents a lifetime of dedicated collecting by Kansas City eye surgeon Roland Sabates & his wife Marcia Sabates. The works range from Thomas Hart Benton lithographs to dazzling contemporary Cuban canvases to evocative African sculpture. And, since Roland likes delving into artists’ stories almost as much as he appreciates their art, you will surely enjoy his intriguing analysis of each artist.

Plus, you’ll be treated to a fascinating look at the amazing mansion itself, its history, & revealing portraits of the rooms within, outfitted not just as a hotel but as a showcase for the unique collection. Nestled just a block from Kansas City’s famed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art & near many other popular cultural venues, the Oak Street Mansion is the ideal place for the art lover to stay while in Kansas City.

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