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Monday, Nov. 23, 2009

Charles Allis Art Museum Revisits Emily Groom

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Wisconsin has long been a strong nurturing ground for renowned female artists. Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Farnsworth Mears and Elsa Ulbricht each left an indelible imprint on the American artscape with their respective paintings, sculptures and teaching methods.

The Charles Allis Art Museum will pay tribute to another state prodigy beginning Dec. 2 with its exhibition “Wisconsin Masters Series: Emily Groom.” Groom’s prolific portfolio spanned some 80 years, and she continued to paint nearly until her passing in 1975 at the age of 99.

Influenced by the French Impressionists, Groom trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as in London with the legendary Frank Brangwyn. Groom also organized the art department at Milwaukee-Downer College, where she taught for many years.

Groom’s works, primarily floral and landscape paintings, will be on display at the Charles Allis Art Museum through Feb. 13, 2010, with an opening reception on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Charles Allis Art Museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect Ave.

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