Gertrude Fiske: American Master Symposium I

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Gertrude Fiske, 1930. Photo, Paul Juley 1880-1975).


Please join us for a symposium organized by the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Gertrude Fiske: Her Art and Her World.

Saturday, June 16, 9am-3pm, coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided.

Fiske with palette

©Peter A. Juley and Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum (J0117339)

For this symposium, we have gathered together some of the most important Fiske scholars as well as individuals who knew the artist personally as we take a deeper look at the life and art of an American Master, Gertrude Fiske. Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961), a Weston, Massachusetts, native who painted in Portsmouth, was a favored student and then the peer of several American Impressionists, including Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury. Critics and peers alike identified her genius as residing in how she ‘sees,’ and this gift of ‘seeing’ made her more independent than many. This independence set her apart.

The Gertrude Fiske: American Master exhibition provides an in-depth exploration of Fiske’s work with a complement of material by several of her female contemporaries lending a deeper understanding of women artists at the dawn of their independence in this country. The social/political energy around women’s rights, at the turn of the century, encouraged a new autonomy, which is seen translated to bolder ideas and execution on canvas. Fiske’s life and art helped to shape the artistic and social landscape of twentieth century America. There is still much we can learn from her.

Ticket Price: $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members.
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The symposium will run from 9am – 3pm on Saturday, June 16, with coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee & refreshments
9:15 – 9:20 Lainey McCartney, Exhibition Curator – Welcome attendees and introduce speakers
9:20 – 10:15 Carol Walker Aten, Gertrude Fiske Scholar – “Gertrude Fiske: Art in a New Light”
10:15 – 11:15 Carey L. Vose, Vose Gallery Director – “Gertrude Fiske and the Boston School: The Gender Wage Gap Then and Now”
11:15 -11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Judith Curtis, Author & Art Historian – “Gertrude Fiske: Painting It in Verbs”
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Lainey McCartney, Exhibition Curator – “An Independent Vision: A Thematic Discourse”
1:45 – 2:30 Chris Woodbury, Peter Woodbury, and Janice Plourde (Woodbury Descendants and Scholars; Janice Plourde, Chair of Art Exhibition Committee for York Public Library and a Fiske and Woodbury Scholar) – “Gertrude Fiske in Ogunquit and The Pine Hill Girls”
2:30 – 3:00 Gallery Tours provided by Lainey McCartney and Carol Walker Aten

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