Logansport couple Jim and Marge Foster want to keep the idea of their hometown alive.
They remember the crowded downtown sidewalks of the days when it was a bustling city. They’ve spent the last three decades keeping the idea of the city alive through collecting Logansport memorabilia and works created by local artists. More than 30 of these works, some of them dating back more than 100 years, will be on display at the Logansport Art Association for much of next month as part of an exhibit that aims to share the Foster’s feelings for Logansport with all of its citizens.
The Fosters began their collecting hobby with antiques shortly after they were married in 1975.
“He insisted on bringing them in,” Marge Foster said, admitting she didn’t like the old items at first. After he followed through on her requests to clean them up a little, however, she found herself sharing the attachment her husband felt for the collectibles.
It was a hobby that lasted through each of their careers at and retirement from the Logansport State Hospital. They have about 120 paintings in their house, which has the look and feel of a museum, its walls covered in artwork and virtually all shelf space occupied by some kind of object from a bygone era. And their collection doesn’t stop at just what’s on display. They have plenty more in storage that gets rotated in and out of view.
They’ve built their collection by shopping at auctions, traveling as far as Fort Wayne and Indianapolis to track down pieces discovered in local history and art books and the Internet.
Jim Foster said a lot of times, local artists won’t think their work is good enough to be solicited for sale, a notion he and his wife always disagree with.