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Online Event: Q&A with Authors Les & Sue Fox
June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom Q&A with Les & Sue Fox, the Authors of “Fern Isabelle Coppedge:1883-1951, One Woman’s Struggle for Equality in the Art World”
Join us for a colorful Q&A with the authors, Sue & Les Fox, of the recent title “Fern Isabel Coppedge: 1883-1951, One woman’s struggle for equality in the art world”. Bring your questions about the former New Hope impressionist artist and the process that Sue and Les, recently former New Jerseyians, went through to bring her lost story and catalogue of art to light. (A scholarship fund in Fern’s name has also been started by the Foxes to encourage budding female artists to follow in her steps. If you are interested in donating please contact them at 201-264-7450 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org) If you want a look into Fern for yourself LFPL will have a few of their title for sale and has a copy to lend out.
TO JOIN THE ZOOM CALL
Go to their website and click the JOIN button on the top right corner. From there you will type in Meeting ID and Passcode. You will be in a waiting room until the meeting begins. Here are the ID and Passcode:
Meeting ID: 471 792 3248 Passcode: 070697
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Date: 06/25/2022 (Sat.)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
A LITTLE ABOUT FERN ISABEL COPPEDGE
Encouraged to pursue art by teachers, friends and family, including her husband Robert, an amateur artist, high school science teacher and principal, Fern completed her formal education in California and Kansas. She and Robert moved to Topeka in 1904 until they relocated to Pennsylvania in 1920 where they spent the rest of their lives. Robert continued to teach while Fern painted. In 1907, Fern enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute for a Summer Class in 1908. Fern was homesick for her husband and family but true to her passion for art she could not deny her calling. Although she loved children, for some reason Fern and Robert Coppedge never had any. Curiously, within the Philadelphia Ten women artists’ group, only 13 of the 30 members of married and only 4 had children.
After Chicago, she studied with American Impressionist superstar William Merritt Chase at the prestigious Art Students League in New York, and at the equally prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia with Daniel Garber, the award winning Pennsylvania artist and art teacher. Beginning in 1917, Fern also studied with John Carlson at the Woodstock Art Colony. The year 1917 marks her first visit to Pennsylvania. She instantly fell in love with its quaint hills and towns which reminded her of Kansas. During her three decades in Pennsylvania, Fern Coppedge maintained homes and studios in Philadelphia, Lumberville and New Hope. These will be shown in our book, including Boxwood, the early American style stone house and studio Fern designed and built with architect Henry T. MacNeill in New Hope in 1929. Over the years Fern painted dozens of pictures of Boxwood (also known as “Boxwood Studio” where she held many exhibitions) but we have not yet found a photo of Boxwood from the 1930’s or 1940’s. In 1952, Boxwood was inherited by Fern’s nephew, John David Kuns. Recently, the greatly expanded waterfront residence on North Main Street was listed for sale at $4 million.
SEEING PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH THE EYES OF FERN COPPEDGE
Unlike photographs and very realistic paintings, if you want to experience a unique and charming interpretation of what Bucks County, Pennsylvania looked like to America’s most creative snowy landscape artist, you’ve come to the right place. Fern Coppedge did not just paint snow scenes. She was obsessed with the beauty and aura of snow! “Pennsylvania Through The Eyes Of Fern Coppedge” is more than a clever phrase. In order to paint as long as possible during extremely cold weather, Fern removed the back seat of her car to paint from an enclosed warm area. She also tied her canvases to trees to fight off the wind, and she wore a bearskin coat (a family heirloom from Montana) and painted until her fingers literally froze! Unlike other New Hope Impressionists, Fern Coppedge did not “play by the rules.” When she looked at an outdoor scene, her eyes showed her two things. First, what a camera would capture. Second, what the scene looked and felt like to her and her imagination. Since childhood, Fern had been criticized for seeing colors that others couldn’t see in their surroundings. When she painted, these are the colors she used her brushes to apply to canvas in sparkling oil.”
“A magical journey. This is a book you cannot put down. A must for any art lover’s library.”
–Judith Curtis, Author of “Rocky Neck Art Colony”
“Your beautiful Fern Coppedge book is amazing! Everything you need to know about our former member. It will have pride of place in our library.”
–Michael Guinn and Cynthia Arkin / The Plastic Club
“A lovely tribute to the life and talent of Fern Isabel Coppedge!”
–Joan Barker, Topeka High School Historical Society
“Your Fern Coppedge book is just beautiful! A feast for the eyes! An important resource for the New Hope School.”
–Elizabeth Haff, American Works of Art, Skinner, Inc.
“Congratulations on a spectacular book and an extraordinary volume.”
–Carl Lavo, Bucks County Historian and Journalist
“I’ve been immersed in the book and gaining an appreciation of Fern Coppedge’s wonderfully vibrant paintings.”
–Sandra Betrand, The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA)
“Thrilled to have this book.”
“Gorgeous book! Well written with beautful photography.”
“Positively gorgeous! An exhaustive job…an incredible work!”
–Harvey Klinger, Literary Agent
“A wealth of information. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kudos!”
“Magnificent! I’ve never been more proud to be related to this incredible woman.”
–Margaret Kuns Martin (Great Niece)