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 Mary Belle Williams  (1873 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: portrait, floral, landscape

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BIOGRAPHY for Mary Williams
1873 (Massilon, Ohio)
1943 (Los Angeles, California)


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Born in Massilon, OH on Dec. 13, 1873. Williams began art studies as a child and continued at the ASL in NYC. She moved from Canton, OH to San Diego about 1906 where her brother owned a gold mine in nearby Julian. In San Diego she maintained a studio in a building she owned at Seventh and Beech streets where Alfred R. Mitchell also lived and worked. Her last six months were spent in a hospital in Los Angeles where she died on June 21, 1943. Her oeuvre includes landscapes, floral still lifes, miniatures, and portraits. Member: San Diego Art Guild (charter member, 1915). Exh: Carnegie Library (San Diego), 1909 (solo); Panama Calif. Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1915 (silver and bronze medals); San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1935; Calif. State Fair, 1936. In: San Diego Public Library and Historical Society; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Women Artists of the American West; San Diego Historical Society; San Diego Union, 6-25-1943 (obituary).
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Born in Massilon, Ohio, Mary Belle Williams became a San Diego, California artist, moving there at age 33 to join her brother who owned a gold mine in nearby Julian.

She began studying art as a child and later studied at the Art Students League in New York City.

In San Diego, she maintained a studio in a building she owned at the corner of Seventh and Beech streets, where Alfred Mitchell also lived and worked. She was active in the San Diego Art Association.

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