Voices Linger: Women in Texas Art

Acknowledging the recent release of The Art of Texas: 250 Years edited by Ron Tyler and published by TCU Press, Foltz Fine Art launches their fall programming with Voices Linger: Women Artists in Texas, a survey exhibition featuring artwork by Texas Women artists – from Early Texas Impressionism and Mid-century Modernism 

 

The exhibition includes approximately 60 works, ranging from oil paintings to watercolors and prints, by 20 early Texas female artists, primarily active in the 1920s-1950s.  

 

Artists included: Kathleen Blackshear, Mary Bonner, Mary Nell Brooks, Emma Richardson Cherry, Marie Delleney, Kathryn Nobles Douglass, Constance Forsyth, Lucille Jeffries, Anna Keener, Lucie Locke, Barbara Maples, Florence McClung, Flora Blanc Reeder, Emily Rutland, Ethel Spears, Coreen Spellman, Stella Sullivan, Janet Turner, and Elizabeth Walmsley 

 

These works depict what are considered more traditional subjects for women artists of the early 20th century with still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, as well as later forays into Modernism, via abstraction, surrealism, “Texas Cubism and expressionism by some of these same artists. 

 

The concept for this exhibition has been brewing at the gallery for years, inspired by several “rediscovery” exhibitions highlighting the careers of Cynthia Brants, Emma Richardson Cherry, Mildred Norris Compton, Constance Forsyth, and Emily Rutland.  

  

Through exhibitions like this, the gallery celebrates the stories of these pioneering women artists, whose struggle to balance their passion for art with career, family and societal expectations is not as far removed today as one might think. In paying tribute to these women artists who came before and laid the ground for opportunities for women in arts today, these inspiring artists will not be forgotten.  Learning from their lives and experiences gives present day viewer’s a rare opportunity to understand what they overcame, appreciate where we are currently, and to provide guidance on how we should move forward.  

 

Recognizing that this exhibition features only a small sampling of a few of our favorite Early Texas Women Artists (and those whose work we could find!), Foltz Fine Art highlights the strength of these 20 artists and their contribution to the ever-unfolding narrative of art in Texas.

 

Abstraction by Kathleen Blackshear

Kathleen Blackshear

Abstraction, c. 1945

mixed media on paper

6 x 7.25 in (15.24 x 18.42 cm)

Self Portrait (hat, gloves, scarf) by Flora Blanc Reeder

Flora Blanc Reeder

Self Portrait (hat, gloves, scarf), 1942

oil on canvas

19 x 27 in (48.26 x 68.58 cm)

Untitled (Magnolia Seeds) by Emma Richardson Cherry

Emma Richardson Cherry

Untitled (Magnolia Seeds), c. 1930

oil on board

10.37 x 7.25 in (26.34 x 18.42 cm)

Rainy Mountain Day by Constance Forsyth

Constance Forsyth

Rainy Mountain Day, c. 1960

watercolor

17 x 22.75 in (43.18 x 57.78 cm)

After the Storm by Lucille Jeffries

Lucille Jeffries

After the Storm, 1940

watercolor on paper

21.50 x 16.50 in (54.61 x 41.91 cm)

Untitled, Trees Across the Water by Anna Keener

Anna Keener

Untitled, Trees Across the Water, c. 1945

oil pastel on paper

12 x 8.50 in (30.48 x 21.59 cm)

Pale Moon (Ursuline Academy, Dallas) by Barbara Lucile Maples

Barbara Lucile Maples

Pale Moon (Ursuline Academy, Dallas), 1945

gouache on paper

26.25 x 16.50 in (66.68 x 41.91 cm)

Composition Study (Still Life) by Kathryn Nobles Douglass

Kathryn Nobles Douglass

Composition Study (Still Life), 1934

oil on canvas board

24 x 18 in (60.96 x 45.72 cm)

Corral in the Rain by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

Corral in the Rain, c.1968

watercolor on paper

16 x 22 in (40.64 x 55.88 cm)

Magnolia Blossoms by May Schow

May Schow

Magnolia Blossoms, 1946

watercolor on paper

12.25 x 18.50 in (31.12 x 46.99 cm)

Cactus & Dog by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Cactus & Dog, c. 1930

mixed media on paper

18.75 x 12.50 in (47.62 x 31.75 cm)

Inebriated Owl by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Inebriated Owl, c. 1940s

woodcut on rice paper

7 x 5 in (17.78 x 12.70 cm)

Still Life with Goblet by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Still Life with Goblet, c. 1925-30

oil on canvas

24 x 22 in (60.96 x 55.88 cm)

High Country by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

High Country, c. 1945

transparent watercolor on paper

21 x 14 in (53.34 x 35.56 cm)

July 4th 1933 by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

July 4th 1933, 1933

watercolor on paper

18.50 x 23.25 in (46.99 x 59.06 cm)

Rubber Plant by Jessie Aline White

Jessie Aline White

Rubber Plant, c. 1940

graphite on paper

22.25 x 18.50 in (56.52 x 46.99 cm)

Giraffe by Kathleen Blackshear

Kathleen Blackshear

Giraffe, c. 1945

mixed media on paper

7.25 x 9.50 in (18.42 x 24.13 cm)

Portrait of Harry Lawrence  by Mary Nell Brooks

Mary Nell Brooks

Portrait of Harry Lawrence , c. 1930s

oil on artist board

16 x 13 in (40.64 x 33.02 cm)

Untitled (Magnolia) by Emma Richardson Cherry

Emma Richardson Cherry

Untitled (Magnolia), c. 1930

oil on canvas

19 x 15 in (48.26 x 38.10 cm)

Red and Yellow Rocks, West Texas by Constance Forsyth

Constance Forsyth

Red and Yellow Rocks, West Texas, c. 1960

mixed media

14.25 x 22.50 in (36.20 x 57.15 cm)

Martinique Woman by Lucille Jeffries

Lucille Jeffries

Martinique Woman, c. 1940s

watercolor on paper

21 x 16 in (53.34 x 40.64 cm)

Portrait by Lucy Locke

Lucy Locke

Portrait, c. 1930s

oil on canvas

11.75 x 10.50 in (29.84 x 26.67 cm)

Satin Glass and Fruit by Barbara Lucile Maples

Barbara Lucile Maples

Satin Glass and Fruit, 1944

gouache on paper

17 x 21.50 in (43.18 x 54.61 cm)

Along the Escarpment by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

Along the Escarpment, c. 1965

mixed media on paper

13 x 17.75 in (33.02 x 45.08 cm)

Frolicking by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

Frolicking, c. 1968

watercolor on paper

15 x 22 in (38.10 x 55.88 cm)

Armadillo by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Armadillo, c. 1940

etching and aquatint

3.50 x 4.50 in (8.89 x 11.43 cm)

Clock #2 by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Clock #2, c. 1950

tempera on mat board

6.75 x 9.75 in (17.14 x 24.76 cm)

La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, c. 1930

watercolor on paper

19.50 x 13.25 in (49.53 x 33.66 cm)

Still Life with Pear by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Still Life with Pear, c. 1925-30

oil on canvas

25.75 x 21.50 in (65.40 x 54.61 cm)

Mesas by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

Mesas, 1933

watercolor on paper

18 x 23 in (45.72 x 58.42 cm)

In Bloom by Lura Ann Taylor

Lura Ann Taylor

In Bloom, c. 1930s

watercolor on paper

12 x 9 in (30.48 x 22.86 cm)

Large Giraffe by Kathleen Blackshear

Kathleen Blackshear

Large Giraffe, c. 1945

mixed media on paper

22.25 x 28.75 in (56.52 x 73.02 cm)

Birthday Flowers by Emma Richardson Cherry

Emma Richardson Cherry

Birthday Flowers, c. 1930

oil on canvas

29.50 x 24.50 in (74.93 x 62.23 cm)

Portrait of a Woman  by Marie Delleney

Marie Delleney

Portrait of a Woman , c. 1940

oil on canvas

26 x 24.25 in (66.04 x 61.60 cm)

Stormy Weather by Constance Forsyth

Constance Forsyth

Stormy Weather, c. 1960

watercolor

15.25 x 22.50 in (38.74 x 57.15 cm)

Aspen by Anna Keener

Anna Keener

Aspen, c. 1945

oil on board

11.50 x 8.50 in (29.21 x 21.59 cm)

Driftwood (Padre Island) by Barbara Lucile Maples

Barbara Lucile Maples

Driftwood (Padre Island), 1945

gouache on paper

18.50 x 23.25 in (46.99 x 59.06 cm)

Sunflowers by Barbara Lucile Maples

Barbara Lucile Maples

Sunflowers, 1941

watercolor on paper

17 x 22 in (43.18 x 55.88 cm)

Brahmas by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

Brahmas, c. 1960

oil on canvas

24 x 32 in (60.96 x 81.28 cm)

The Water Trough (Thirsty Cows) by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

The Water Trough (Thirsty Cows), c. 1948

oil on canvas

36 x 40 in (91.44 x 101.60 cm)

Big Ben by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Big Ben, c. 1950

tempera on mat board

9.75 x 6.75 in (24.76 x 17.14 cm)

Clock #3 by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Clock #3, c. 1950

tempera on mat board

9.75 x 5.75 in (24.76 x 14.60 cm)

Guardian Angel of Santa Fe by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Guardian Angel of Santa Fe, c. 1930

watercolor on paper

16.50 x 11.50 in (41.91 x 29.21 cm)

Untitled Clock Series by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Untitled Clock Series, 1951

casein on mat board

14.50 x 11.25 in (36.83 x 28.58 cm)

Modernist Landscape by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

Modernist Landscape, 1933

watercolor on paper

19 x 23.75 in (48.26 x 60.32 cm)

Finches and Artichokes by Janet Turner

Janet Turner

Finches and Artichokes (34/54), 1962

linoleum cut and screenprint

12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)

Creature Bird by Kathleen Blackshear

Kathleen Blackshear

Creature Bird, c. 1945

mixed media on canvas

11.25 x 5.50 in (28.58 x 13.97 cm)

Interpretation in Red by Emma Richardson Cherry

Emma Richardson Cherry

Interpretation in Red, c. 1925

oil on canvas

27.75 x 17.50 in (70.48 x 44.45 cm)

Old Cedar Roots by Constance Forsyth

Constance Forsyth

Old Cedar Roots, c. 1960

watercolor

16.75 x 22 in (42.54 x 55.88 cm)

Oil Refinery by Eugenia Flewellen Howard Hunt

Eugenia Flewellen Howard Hunt

Oil Refinery, c. 1930s

oil on masonite

8 x 42 in (20.32 x 106.68 cm)

Untitled, Path Through the Trees by Anna Keener

Anna Keener

Untitled, Path Through the Trees, c. 1945

oil pastel on paper

12 x 8.50 in (30.48 x 21.59 cm)

Oaxaca Doorway  by Barbara Lucile Maples

Barbara Lucile Maples

Oaxaca Doorway , 1941

watercolor on paper

21.75 x 17 in (55.24 x 43.18 cm)

Bluebonnet Landscape by Florence McClung

Florence McClung

Bluebonnet Landscape, c. 1940s

oil on canvas

20.25 x 24 in (51.44 x 60.96 cm)

Calves by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

Calves, 1957

gouache on paper

24 x 30 in (60.96 x 76.20 cm)

White Stallions by Emily Rutland

Emily Rutland

White Stallions, c. 1945

oil on canvas

24 x 34 in (60.96 x 86.36 cm)

Bird Roosting in a Tree by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Bird Roosting in a Tree, c. 1945

mixed media on paper

29.50 x 21.25 in (74.93 x 53.98 cm)

English Still Life by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

English Still Life, c. 1930

oil on canvas

18.25 x 16 in (46.36 x 40.64 cm)

Still Life by Ethel Spears

Ethel Spears

Still Life, 1959

oil on canvas

16.25 x 18.25 in (41.28 x 46.36 cm)

A Glimpse of Blue Serge Hill, Texas Women's University by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

A Glimpse of Blue Serge Hill, Texas Women's University, 1928

print serigraph

18.50 x 28.50 in (46.99 x 72.39 cm)

Modernist Structures by Coreen Mary Spellman

Coreen Mary Spellman

Modernist Structures, 1933

watercolor on paper

24 x 19.25 in (60.96 x 48.90 cm)

Calla Lilly  by Jessie Aline White

Jessie Aline White

Calla Lilly , c. 1940

graphite on paper

28.25 x 22 in (71.76 x 55.88 cm)

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