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 Edna Palmer Engelhardt  (1897 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: landscape-snowscene, still life painting

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The following is from Jeffrey Mattison of Manville, New Jersey, and is from a Monroe County publication titled Woman Who Made History in Monroe County. Dated 1995, the article was written by Helen Brown and Mary Henning:

Edna Palmer Engelhardt was a professional artist from 1935 and became known for her paintings of early farm life and winter landscapes of the Poconos.  In 1962, her painting of Big Pocono Mountain was placed in the lounge of the US Navy Flagship "Poconos."

Her family were early pioneers of Pocono, and she grew up on a farm in Paradise Valley.  There was no school, so her mother taught the children at home for the first eight grades.  Later a Scranton businessman sponsored Edna and her sister through Mansfield Normal School, which became Mansfield University.  After she graduated, she taught in Bethlehem and married Claude Palmer, a mechanical engineer.

When her two sons were small, she and her husband operated a boarding house on their farm, and she decorated the rooms with her paintings.  She also began attending art shows and determined to become an artist. She took lessons from Cullen Yates, Harry Leith-Ross, and John Carlson at the National Academy of Design in New York, and was honored by having her work accepted into the prestigious Grand Central Art Gallery. In 1954, one of her watercolors was judged the best of show at the Academy's American Watercolor Society show.  The Book of the Month Club purchased for reproduction one of her snow scenes.

She also became well known for her photography, working for Family Circle magazine, Betty Crocker, General Mills and Neiman Marcus department stores.  She taught and lectured extensively and held many one-woman shows.  A favorite technique of hers was to paint a 16 X 20 inch canvas, lecture about the technique, and then auction it as a door prize.

Engelhardt continued to work into her 80s and also pursued interests in wildlife, antiquing, sewing, and cooking.  At one time, she purchased an 18th century church and changed it into an art gallery.  She was very religious, believing that her art talent was a talent to be shared because it was a gift from God.

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