Some Early San Diego Women Artists
Cover image: Anni Baldaugh's painting Murial was one of her most popular works. It was frequently exhibited between 1926 and 1947 including being the artist's entry for exhibition at the California Pacific International Exposition held in San Diego in 1935.
W.P.A. illustrator and artist friend Hilda Preibisius (1901-1981) sat for Belle Baranceanu in the mid-1930s, when both were employed on the W.P.A. Curriculum Project for the San Diego City Schools. San Diego Historical Society, gift of the artist, 1980.
Esther Stevens Barney (far right) is seen at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park with ceramic artist Blasa Quevedo, painter Charles Reiffel, and Mrs. O.B. Wetzell, Jr., in 1940, one year before the cottages were taken over by the Navy.
At the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park, Esther Stevens Barney exhibited a watercolor entitled Banana Flower and Leaf which may be this piece now in the collection of the San Diego History Center (gift of Ivan Messenger, 1979). Barney received a bronze medal for her various contributions to the fair.
Edith White specialized in painting roses. She was the principal art instructor at the Theosophical Society's Raja Yoga Academy from 1902 to 1930, and during that time often added "Point Loma Art School" after her signature. San Diego Historical Society, gift of Mrs. Iverson Harris in memory of her husband, 1979.
Mary Belle Williams as photographed by Jonas de Vore (1927), Kate Sessions sat for Williams in 1935. The portrait (below) was presented by the Pacific Beach Chamber of Commerce to the City of San Diego on Kate Sessions Day at the California Pacific Exposition, and now hangs in the California Room of the San Diego Public Library..
Kate Sessions sat for Williams in 1935. The portrait was presented by the Pacific Beach Chamber of Commerce to the City of San Diego on Kate Sessions Day at the California Pacific Exposition, and now hangs in the California Room of the San Diego Public Library.
Back cover: Belle Baranceanu puts some finishing touches on her Seven Arts mural at La Jolla High School, painted for the W.P. A. in 1940. Sadly, the mural, which she considered to be her finest, was lost when the building was demolished in 1975.