Julia Bowen's Art Collection from the Doke studio around 1920's and 30'sBrad Bowen
My name is Brad Bowen my grandmother is Ms. Julia Smith Bowen who studied with under Ms. Doke from 1920’s to the 1930’s in Shreveport as a young woman. She remained close friends of Ms Doke and the Fullilove family even after her death. I remember as a boy swimming in Ms. Jane Fulliloves pool and remembering her beautiful home in Shreveport.
Julia’s father was Jasper K Smith, Shreveport’s First Presbyterian minister from 1903 till his death in 1935. They lived in a large late Victorian home on Fairfield Ave, that was torn down in 1973 to make room for Sumpert medical expansion. I grow up in that house and have very fond and vivid memories of the home and people and the things inside the house and I remember many of the stories.
The Victorian home was full of art created in the Doke studio and from other regional artist. More than half of the homes art collection was dispersed to about 14 relatives in 1971. My grandmother received about half of the art and antiques of the house and at her death at age 93 in 1996 those items were passed on to me to me.
My grandmother spent many hours educating me in the subject of art. By the time I was 9 or 10 I had a total understanding of art and drawing and had worked in pastels water colors and oils and acrylics. That early art training has shaped my life in countless way. Later in life I had many discussing her art and Shreveport artist and the Doke studio. Julia continued to paint till she was in her 80’s.
I may have the largest intact private collection of art from the height of Doke Studio. I may have more still packed away.
• 6 oil and water color painting from Ms. Doke
• 5 painting from students
• 25 oil, pastel and water color paintings from my grandmother.
• 14 charcoal portrait drawings of the faces the art students class of 1930?
• A large sketch book filled with art
• Her tools paint, easel, brushes and her ceramic mixing plate
• Articles news clippings
• Brownie Box photos of Julia with her artsy friends in elaborate costumes that were the subject props for the e student artist to paint
• Several items in paintings arrangements are still around in the antiques that came from the old Victorian home.
I have photo of most of the item and I could share them with you. You will really like the landscape called Caddo lake.
George Dokerussell cushman
I just purchased an original George Doke still-life painting here in Navasota, Texas. It is kind of interesting... a vase of Texas wildflowers in front of a... large platter featuring an Egyptian pharoah?, and a non-sensical Latin phrase. Quite well done. Will be glad to share the image with interested parties.
Sallie George Dokepat
Leilani, I have 2 oil paintings by your great great aunt.....one is of workers in a cotton field and one small landscape with trees. Please contact me immediately if you would like to see pictures of these paintings. My e-mail is Serci96@comcast.net.
Mark, Clyde Connell did study @ the Doke studio in Shreveport. It's in her bio and I know several people here who knew Clyde. They say she talked about studying with George (Sallie).
Sallie George DokeMark Klocko
I have owned 3 of her paintings,I read where she had a studio in Shreveport at one time and I have found a notation where she "taught Clyde Connell the famous Louisiana artist for 2 yr.s "
Sallie George Dokeleilani t
I have an oil painting(still life) and one watercolor (landscape) by Sallie George.
I would like to see others she has done and or talk with anyone who has knowledge of her and/or her work. She is my great great aunt and of course would like to know more.