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 Louise Minert Kelly  (1876 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Minnesota/Iowa      Known for: landscape, seascape, coastal view

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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:
Firth writes:

"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.)"

According 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 Artiste Independants.

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, California.

Louise Kelly died at age 71 on February 5, 1948 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Story County, Iowa.

Sources include:
"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.

Louise 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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