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 Mary Corning Winslow Black  (1873 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, seascape, adobe paintings

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Mary Winslow Black became a California painter, living first in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and settling in Monterey, where her home, Abrego Adobe, was one of the oldest landmarks in the area.  The structure dated to 1834 and was reportedly made from lumber salvaged from the wreck of Napolean's ship, "Natalie".

Mary Black studied at the Art Students League in New York with William Lathrop and F. Luis Mora.  In New York, she exhibited with the Society of Independent Artists and the National Arts Club.  In California, she was a director of The Carmel Art Association and exhibited with the California Art Club, the San Francisco Art Association and the Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Peter Hastings Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art
Mary Corning Winslow Black. a painter, was married to Clarence Black from Detroit. He owned a Cadillac dealership. For health reasons, Mary and her daughter, Ruth, began to spend summers in Santa Barbara, California., and eventually the family built a large home in the low Rivera, just above Mission Santa Barbara. They named the home El Cerrito.

Mary Black had her own studio in the house, and she socialized with local artists and those passing through would stay with them at their home. She befriended William Wendt and his wife and many other artists.

Her husband, Clarence, donated the funds necessary to build Faulkner Gallery in the
Library building so Mary and other artists could have art shows. When Clarence died suddenly, Mary Black closed down the home, donated the pool, pool house and garages to Marymount School, and they moved to Monterey.

There, Black purchased the old Abrego Adobe - now a women's club - and that became her studio. They built a house next door and keep the horses in the stable across the street. She eventually married Robert Douglas Morrison.

In honor of her mother when she passed away, her daughter, Ruth, contributed funds for several items in the Chapel on the Del Monte Property where they attended church.

Submitted as a bulletin to AskART, May 2005, by Alice Van de Water. Her husband inherited a home with several paintings by Mary Corning Winslow Black as the former owner had been married to the artist.

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