Making Her Mark, Women Artists of the Providence Art Club, 1880

February 15, 2017

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Historic Rhode Island women artists are getting their due in March at the Providence Art Club. 1880 was a critical year for the founding of the Providence Art Club and six women founders help paved the way for professional women artists in the state.

Cathy @ 9:07 pm

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 23, 2016

Stowell Sherman (1886 – 1973) says it all – enjoy the simple daily chores of life. Merry Christmas from Bert Gallery.

Cathy @ 5:20 am

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The unsigned painting?

December 18, 2016

The unsigned painting? Sometimes you see such a horrible painting you wish the artist did not sign it. Then you come across a gem like this wooden fishing craft beached near summer cottages and think – why did the artist not sign this? The mystery…it is on board maybe they were painting on location and when they got back to the studio forgot to sign? Did they not think it worthy? Only a sketch? We will never know….

Cathy @ 8:52 pm

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“Shakespeare Head in Winter”- a Providence Landmark

December 13, 2016

Hope Smith ( 1879 – 1965) enjoyed painting winter scenes from her studio window.  This painting of the historic “Shakespeare Head” building on a snowy day in Providence, RI.  It actually makes you re-connect with the joys of the winter season.

Biography
Tucked away painting from the window of her North Main Street Studio, Hope Smith would not realize that her posterity as a Rhode Island artist would be made on her painted records of a fast disappearing and developing Providence. She cherished painting urban and rural scenes and this affection and integrity shines through all of the pieces of this subject matter. It is for these pieces that she is best remembered.

Hope Smith was one of the first graduates of the Mary C. Wheeler School in 1898. She then studied at Rhode Island School of Design, at the Julian School in Paris and under Woodbury Chase. It was in a 1916 Providence Art Club Show that her artistic talent was confirmed as she won praise from the Providence Journal art critic. He commented ” This group [of paintings] is far ahead of anything this young artist has yet shown, and entitles her to serious consideration.” He went on to say that, “This show was one of the most interesting and compelling exhibitions.”

The artist was a consistently strong painter who during her lifetime progressed logically in her artistic development. She has been identified by the art critic, Bradford Swan, as ” a spiritual heir of the Impressionists” who concentrated in her work on outdoor light. She had a strongly developed esthetic sense and her works were representative or realistic only on a superficial level. More specifically her painting reflected an internal vision, a private view of what she saw. While oil was the medium she primarily concentrated on, she exclusively worked in watercolors for two years, 1928-1930, in order that she could gain a freshness and surity in handling oils. It is in oils that her technical dexterity and ability to depict subtle shadings of light and color were admired.

An avid traveler, Hope Smith painted from Providence to China and in and around New England. During her lifetime she exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, Boston Art Club, Providence Art Club, South County Art Association and the Newport Art Association. She was a member of the Providence Art Club and the South County Art Association.

Cathy @ 6:36 pm

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“Greenery” Color of the Year

December 11, 2016

Pantone just identified its Color of the Year – and it is called “Greenery”.

https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

Upon a quick review of my 2016 Holiday Inventory, Pantone has made a very safe choice in its color selection. After all, what landscape does not have even a hint of “greenery”? Our best example is the mysterious Exene Meyersahm (1886 – 1978), RISD graduate and productive Barrington, RI artist who has gone off the radar for many collectors but deserves some mention.

Cathy @ 5:27 am

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