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 Fera Ellen Webber Shear  (1893 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: California/Florida      Known for: portrait, floral still life, buildings

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Born in Eustace, FL on March 20, 1893. Fera Webber studied at Cornell University and New York University. Settling in Berkeley, CA about 1920, she further studied at the CCAC and CSFA. She married Sherwood Shear, an agricultural economist at UC, in 1923 and settled in Berkeley where she lectured at women's clubs and civic organizations. She died there on Oct. 27, 1974. Her early works consist of portraits and floral still lifes in oil; while her later works are mostly watercolors of historic buildings in California. Member: SWA; Allied Arts Club, Berkeley; Calif. Art Club; Women Painters of the West; Bay Region AA. Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1932-40, 1948; Gardena High School, 1933 (prize); Mission Inn (Riverside), 1933-35; Gump's (SF), 1934; Calif. State Fair, 1934, 1936, 1937 (prizes); All Arts Club (Berkeley), 1934-54; Springville (UT) High School, 1935; Bay Region AA, 1935-38; SWA, 1939-47; GGIE, 1939.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Women Artists of the American West; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Census; Who's Who in California 1942; Death record; Berkeley Independent Gazette, 10-31-1974 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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