Fred Lawrence Messersmith
(1924 - 2009)
Fred Lawrence Messersmith was active/lived in Florida. Fred Messersmith is known for modernist-leaning landscape-harbors.
Biography Fred Lawrence Messersmith
In 1964, while he was chairman of the Art Department at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, Fred Messersmith met Ruth Mead, founder of the Martha's Vineyard Art Association. Francis Chapin, a summer Vineyard resident, was an artist-in-residence at Stetson at the time. Ruth urged Fred and his wife, Jane, to come to the lovely island for the summer, and so began the Messersmiths connection to the Vineyard and Fred's 34-year history with the Association.
Fred and Jane began coming to Edgartown in the summer of 1964. Fred painted with Francis Chapin in the classroom above the gallery and started teaching watercolor classes in 1969. In 1986, he began a ten year term as gallery director, and of course, worke
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