Title: A Stormy Sunrise Description: Image measures 8 x 10". Oil on art board. Signed on label verso (Georgie B. Read, Ottawa Ladies College). Framed.
This is an early painting executed prior to the artist's marriage.
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Born on Prince Edward Island in 1902, Barton was to become one of the first women ever admitted into the Salmagundi Club, the oldest existing art club in the world. She was listed in the Who's Who in American Art, The World Who's Who of Women, and The Dictionary of International Biographies, and was winner of many awards including a citation from The American Artists Professional League "for effective action and sustained devotion in the cause of fine art.” Georgie Read attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, from 1924 to 1927, coming back to the Island to teach at Edgehill School. In 1930, she set out for New York, where she studied at the Art Students League. She was Director of Art at the Ottawa Ladies College from 1932 to 1940 and later taught at St. Agnes School in Albany, New York. In 1942, at the age of 40, she married fellow painter George Barton and had a son. Georgie Read Barton spent many years in Westchester County, near the Hudson River in New York and was instrumental in the development of the Hudson Valley Art Association. On PEI, The Barton Art Club introduced many to the techniques of outdoor landscape painting. Barton painted into her nineties, often going back to the same location. Georgie Read Barton died on March 22, 1994. Source: Visual Arts by Sandy Kowalik, InfoPEI