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.
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.