(1910 - 1997)
Mary Ray Gehr was active/lived in Illinois. Mary Gehr is known for children's book illustration, printmaking.
Biography Mary Gehr
Chicago artist and illustrator Mary Gehr was locally and nationally
renowned for her positive influence on her community, on the art world,
and in the sphere of children's illustrating.
Gehr was born in
Chicago around 1910. She attended Highland Park High School and
Smith College before leaving school to pursue a love of dancing.
She toured as an ingénue with the Chicago Opera Ballet for four years,
spent a summer with the Schubert Light Opera Company, and worked with
the Page-Stone Ballet Company for three years. Upon the death of
her father, Gehr quit dance and theater and returned to Chicago to work
in advertising. To aid her in her job, she began attending school
at the Art Institute of Chicago.&
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