Florice (Florence) P. Wideman was born in Scranton, PA on Aug. 26, 1893. At age ten Wideman moved with her family to Palo Alto, CA where she attended public schools. Her art studies began at CSFA for five years under Frank Van Sloun followed by one year at ASL in NYC and in Paris. Returning to the U.S., she spent ten years in NYC in fashion designing. Upon returning to California about 1930, she taught art at Palo Alto High School and San Jose Jr. College. Her married name was Hoffman at the time of her demise in Palo Alto on June 1, 1989. Her subjects include still lifes and landscapes of the Santa Clara Valley.
Member: SF Women Artists; Palo Alto Art Club; SWA.
Exh: Riverside (NY) Museum; San Jose State College; Brooklyn
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with artist or his/her family; WWAA 1936-47.
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