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 Betty (Mary Elizabeth) Shropshire Stoner  (1906 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: California/Montana/Tennessee      Known for: Painting, graphic artist, wood block printer

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Summer 1986, Volume 32, Number 3
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor

b. Chattanooga, Tennessee August 30, 1906 (currently residing in Townsend, Montana)
After a brief period in the Los Angeles area, Betty Shropshire moved to San Diego with her family in 1916.  She took art instruction from the San Diego Academy of Fine Arts under Eugene De Vol and Otto H. Schneider from 1926 to 1929. While at the Academy she met John L. Stoner, and together they operated a commercial art business called the Graphic Studio beginning in the late 1920s.

John and Betty were married in May of 1930, and together they traveled and painted in the western states and Baja California, and often exhibited in the 1930S and 1940S. Betty was also a skilled linoleum block artist and exhibited a block print at the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935.

After obtaining a divorce in 1945, Betty remained in San Diego until 1950 when she moved to the Julian area. She owned and operated the Apple Mountain Gift Shop in Wynola where she displayed some of her work, as well as that of John whom she remarried in 1968. John died in 1976, and two years later Betty retired to Montana.

(Ref. SDET 34-39 4:6-7)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Mary Elizabeth Shropshire Stoner was born on Aug. 30, 1906 in Chattanooga, TN.   "Betty" settled in San Diego with her family in 1916.  She studied at the local Academy of Fine Arts under DeVol and Schneider.  While at that school she met John Stoner whom she wed in 1930.  The Stoners operated a commercial art business called the Graphic Studio.  They traveled and painted in the western states and Baja California.  She was a resident of Point Lomas and active in San Diego until 1950 when she moved nearby to Julian.  In 1978 she joined her son in Townsend, MT and lived there until her death on May 13, 1993.

 Exh:  San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1935; Calif. State Fair, 1935.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with artist or his/her family; KOV; CA&A; Journal of San Diego History, Summer 1986; Townsend Star, 5-20-1993 (obit).
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