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The Souvenir of Western Women/Art in the Northwest—Extracts from Fine Arts Journal

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Art in the Northwest

Extract from Fine Arts Journal, Edited by Marion White, Chicago, Illinois

IT IS pleasant to contemplate what artists are doing in the North-West. Many of these reside in Portland or its immediate vicinity. And no wonder, for there is every inspiration here for the student of landscape. The beautiful Willamette, heading with a sure, swift current toward the Columbia, is one of the most picturesque of streams. Its wondrous falls adds greatly to its charms. Green pastures with cattle knee deep in luscious verdure, trees stretching their big branches in benediction, glimpses of orchards, and an atmosphere charged with scent of woods, and all a-quiver with its own purity and strength and subtle charm of movement when day is melting into eve.

The artists of the West are all telling more or less of this grand story of Nature's perfect self; all growing in appreciation of the truly beautiful. They are the art pioneers of this Greater West, and like all pioneers of any newly-discovered country, they must work patiently and unfailingly. And this they are doing.

It is this tender beauty that Jennie E. Wright portrays with such good feeling. Mrs. Wright also paints mountain scenery, and Hood has been studied by her under every condition.

Miss Frances C. R. Grothjean is one of Oregon's most notable young artists, her work having been seen in exhibition in many cities in the United States. In 1900 she was represented among the American artists at the Paris Exposition. Miss Grothjean was born in Germany, but brought by her parents to this country when very young, her education being received in the schools of Portland, Oregon. She went to Paris, studying under Courtois, Girard and others.

Annabel le Hutehinson-Parrish is another local artist whose work in enamel and tapestry painting is of rare quality. Mrs. Parrish possesses the broad technique and grasp as well as the innate love of that which is of country which will bring an impetus to art in the Greater West.