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 Jane Robinson Mabry  (1911 - 2006)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/District Of Columbia / Mexico      Known for: Indian figure, portrait and western scene painting

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1911 (Roswell, New Mexico)
 
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2006 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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New Mexico/District Of Columbia / Mexico

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Mary Jane Mabry, born March 11, 1911 in Roswell NM, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and gifted artist, passed away December 12, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott H. Mabry and her daughter, Pamela Mabry. She is survived by her son, Dr. John H. Mabry of Phoenix, AZ; and her daughter, Frances Gwenyth Mabry and son-in-law, Djillali Benselka of Albuquerque; her granddaughters, Zoe Fry of Mill Valley, CA, and Emily Mabry of Tuscon, AZ; her grandsons, Dr. Todd Mabry of Phoenix, AZ and Mark Mabry of Memphis, TN; her great-grandchildren, Taylor Fry Hicks and Gage Fry Hicks of Mill Valley, CA.

Jane graduated from U.N.M. and then studied art for several years with Santa Fe School Artist Gerald Cassidy. She then went east to further her art studies at the Art Students League in New York and the Corchran School of art in Washington D.C. While in Washington she painted large murals for the Federal government which were placed in Federal buildings throughout the United States . She married her late husband Scott at the National Cathedral in Washington and they returned together to Albuquerque in the late 1930s. Upon returning to NM Jane began painting native americans in their traditionall dress, as well as countless portraits of adults and children in the Albuquerque community and beyond. Jane was active in the forming of many fine arts related organizations throughout the years and was a member of the Galleria Del Sol gallery in Old Town. In 1995 Jane recieved a certificate of achievement for a lifetime of excellence in the arts from Gov. Gary Johnson. Just this year she donated a painting to Gov. Richardson to be installed in the new childrens hospital at U.N.M. Those who knew her well admired her strong will, sharp wit, and incredible interest in the world around her. She was an amazing woman and she will be greatly missed by both her family and her many friends as well. A private Memorial Service for family and close friends will be conducted in early January to allow her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to attend.

Obituary, submitted by Will Hardesty.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jane R. Mabry (3/7/1911-12/12/2006)

Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, by a pioneering family of that state, she began painting cowboys and Indians as a child, and from the 1930s was a professional painter of those subjects.

She earned a BFA from the University of New Mexico and then studied for four years with Gerald Cassidy. She later said that Cassidy, painter and etcher of New Mexico pueblo scenes, was the greatest artistic influence on her career. She attended the Art Students League in New York City, and the Corcoran School of Art where she studied with Catherine Critcher.

She lived primarily in New Mexico except during the 1930s when she was a staff artist-landscape painter for the National Park Service in Washington D.C. She painted national park landscapes for government offices and foreign embassies. At night she attended the Corcoran School, studying with Catherine Critcher, the only female of the Taos Society of Artists.

Returning to New Mexico, and living in Albuquerque, she became a charter member and chairman of the New Mexico Arts Commission and was co-owner of the Galeria de Sol. For many years she specialized in children's portraits and also did paintings of wildlife, ranch and Indian genre including the Navajos of Arizona.

Sources:
Peggy and Harold Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists
Phil Kovinick; Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

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