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Lived/Active: California/Florida/Ohio      Known for: still life, land-and seascape painting

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Fern Cunningham Stone
An example of work by Fern Cunningham Stone
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Fern Cunningham Stone was born in Defiance, OH on Aug. 4, 1889. Cunningham studied at Defiance College, Van Emburg Art School (NJ), and in France at the Fontainbleu School. She was active in Florida and a resident of her native city before moving to Pacific Palisades, CA about 1949. She was the widow of Ernest Stone at the time of her demise in Palm Springs, CA on April 11, 1975.

Member: Toledo AA; Santa Monica AA; Pacific Palisades AA; Nat'l League of American Pen Women (pres. 1954).

Exh: Club Del Mar (LA), 1951; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1956; League of American Pen Women, 1957-63; Hollywood Womens Club, 1957.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1936-53; Death record.
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Fern Cunningham Stone (1889-1975)

She was born in Defiance, Ohio on August 4, 1889.  A painter, she specialized in impressionist still life works, landscapes, and seascapes of California.  Born Fern F. Smith, she married Napoleon Arthur Cunningham.  They had three sons.  Later in life she was divorced and married Earnest Stone.   She moved to Florida for a period of time, and eventually settled in Southern California.

Stone studied art at the Defiance College in Ohio, Van Emburg School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey,  the Fontainebleau School of Fine Art in France, and under John Carlson, and George Elmer Browne.

During her career she exhibited at the Argent Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio; the Butler Art Institute, the Toledo Museum of Art; the Greenville Art Museum (South Carolina); Florida Art Club; the Miami  Woman's Club;  Sarasota Art Gallery, Tampa University, Pacific Palisades Art Association; and at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.  Stone was an award winner in many of the venues in which she presented here works.

Cunningham Stone was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Toledo Art Association, National League of American Pen Women (she was the President of the Santa Monica Chapter), Miami Art Association, Sarasota Art Association, St. Petersburg Art Association, Santa Monica Art Association, Pacific Palisades Art Association, and the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, California.

Fern Cunningham Stone died in Palm Springs, California on April 4, 1975.

Sources include:
Peter Hastings Falk (Editor), Who Was Who In American Art
California Death Index

Correction of her maiden name from Cunningham to Smith as well as the information about the artist's marriage to Napoleon Cunningham provided by Cunningham's great-niece, Teresa Zeller Miller.

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