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Adma Green Kerr Oil Paintings Exhibited At Estes Park Museum

This Kerr painting depicts a snowy evening along Elkhorn Avenue.

This Kerr painting depicts a snowy evening along Elkhorn Avenue.

The Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, now has on display five paintings that were recently added to the collection. The oil paintings, which depict scenes from the Estes Park area, are the works of artist Adma Green Kerr. The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. (EPMFF) purchased the paintings and funded the professional framing with archival materials. For this purpose, the Friends commissioned Matthew Schladetzky of Creative Framing & Design. Additionally, Schladetzky donated his time for the framing.

When asked about the significance of the paintings within the Museum collection, Curator of Collections and Exhibits Derek Fortini commented, “These paintings not only fill a gap in our art collection of prominent women painters, but they also depict historic scenes of the area in a style that is aesthetically pleasing for the viewer.” EPMFF President John Roehl also commented on the Museum’s newest acquisitions. “When I saw the photos of these paintings I knew the Friends must buy them for the Museum. They are intrinsically beautiful and historically significant. When Derek and I proposed the purchase of the paintings to the board, each member quickly and decisively said ‘Yes.’”

Born in 1878, Kerr was a well-known regional artist. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago, and worked for some time in Washington, DC, before moving to Denver in the 1920s. It was in 1934 that she made Estes Park her new home. During the next eight years, Kerr became acquainted with other local artists like Dean Babcock and Dave Stirling. After Estes Park, Kerr lived in Boulder where she died in 1949.

Throughout her career, Kerr produced numerous mountain landscapes in oil and pastel. Many of her works were commissioned by the Public Works Administration and hung in public facilities around Colorado including Rocky Mountain National Park. Kerr is described in the History of Colorado as “among the leading artists of the region.”  The Denver Art Museum exhibited her work in group shows and three solo shows during 1926, 1936 and 1937. Kerr was a founding member of the Colorado Artists Guild.  She is listed in the 2005 Artists Bluebook and Who Was Who in American Art in 1999.

One Kerr painting from the Estes Park Museum will be on loan to the Denver Public Library for an exhibit covering the history of artists in the Colorado Artists Guild. The Denver Public Library exhibit runs from May 2 through August 29, 2009.

The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as to present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at www.estesnet.com/museum. The Museum is located at 200 4th Street. Through April, it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning May 1, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is always free.

Photos courtesy Estes Park Museum

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