Mary Ellen Rowley Shaw was born in Iowa on Feb. 10, 1861. Mary Ellen and her husband George Shaw settled in Santa Cruz in 1909. She studied painting locally with L. P. Latimer, and in 1919 was a cofounder of the Santa Cruz Art League. She was active in the local art scene until her demise on Feb. 21, 1949.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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