Alice Estelle James (1889-1970)
Alice James studied art privately with a number of important painters of her time beginning with Emil Carlsen in New York. In Europe she received instruction from Valentin Hennemann in Belgium and from Kate Holson Carpenter, an English artist, who had studied at the National Academy of Design in New York. She also studied with John Enneking and Margaret Fitzhugh Browne in Boston and with Emile Gruppe in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Her works were extensively exhibited and she received many awards for her paintings. These included the Kramer-Montgomery medal at Ogunquit for the best painting by a woman and two Sue Hasty Safford awards for her work as an illustrator and landscape painter.
James was a member of numerous art organizations including the Rockport Art Association from 1960 until her death in 1970. She made her home in Framingham, Massachusetts, and prior to her death in September of 1970 was an active teacher.
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Information provided by Edward P. Bentley, researcher of Lansing, Michigan.