|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|The following, submitted October 2004, is from Mike Firth, who has
created a web-site for the artist:
"The paintings of Louise Kelly, my great aunt,
hung in our house as I was growing up, a seashore of rocks and waves, a
large green parrot and a French country road scene with tall slender
trees flanking a road. She was an impressionist. At least one (perhaps
all three) of her paintings in our house was destroyed in the fire of
New Years Eve of 1964-65 (I may be off by one year.)"
to the research of Firth, Louise Minert Kelly traveled extensively and
painted a variety of subjects including seascapes, birds, country
scenes, figure studies, snow scenes and New England villages. Her
travels took her to Rockport, Massachusetts where she was a member of
the Rockport Art Association; to Mexico where she painted coastal
scenes in the 1930s; and to Cape Cod as evidenced by the title of one
of her landscape paintings, "Truro, Cape Cod". There she was active in
the Provincetown Art Association. In Paris, France in 1929, she
exhibited one of her paintings at the 29th Salon Exhibition of the
Kelly was born as Louise Minert in 1876 in
Waukon, Allamkee County, Iowa. She attended Waukon High School,
graduating in the Class of 1895, and studied art at the Art Institute
of Chicago and music at the Chicago Music College and was active with
the Chicago Galleries Association. She taught in the Waukon schools for
two years, and then took a job in Austin, Minnesota where in 1906, she
married Edward Patrick Kelly, a resident of Austin. By 1920, the couple
were living in Carrington, North Dakota. Several years later they
settled in Minneapolis where she became an established artist and was a
member of the Minneapolis Fine Arts Club.
In 1936, her husband
died on a street in Los Angeles and was buried in Austin. For the next
decade she traveled extensively including trips to England and Carmel,
Louise Kelly died at age 71 on February 5, 1948 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Story County, Iowa.
"History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest", Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, editor
Waukon High School Yearbook, Class of '95
Census Records of Foster County, North Dakota Census, Minneapolis and Ames, Iowa.
"Ames Tribune" microfilms at Iowa State Library
"American Magazine of Art", June 1928
The following is from "Who Was Who in American Art" by Peter Falk.
Kelly lived for much of her career in Minnepolis with frequent
residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She studied at the Art
Institute of Chicago; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; with
Lester Stevens at Rockport, Massachusetts; with Leonard Richmond in
London and with George Elmer Browne in New York.
Her work is in the Home Economics Hall at Iowa State College in Ames.
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