IRMA MORSE RETROSPECTIVE
ART EXHIBIT & SALE / online & in-gallery
May 26, 2020 - July 24, 2020
May 26, 2020 - July 24, 2020
In our first ever virtual exhibit, we are proud to showcase a comprehensive collection of works by the late Irma Peckham Morse, accomplished Meriden artist, civic leader, businesswoman, and past President of Gallery 53 / Meriden Arts and Crafts Association. Thanks to the immense generosity of her daughters, Linda Cioffi and Diantha Morse, we have over 100 works on exhibit at Gallery 53. We are highlighting 30 of those pieces here to give viewers a glimpse of the breadth and depth of this woman’s remarkable body of artwork. All works are for sale with proceeds to benefit the Irma Morse Scholarship Fund and Gallery 53.
ABOUT IRMA P. MORSE
Irma Peckham Morse, well-known local artist, was born in Middlefield, July 10, 1907. Her first love was art. She attended Pratt Institute in New York City and later studied with well-known artists, Robert Calrow, Harold Vroom, and Jack Flynn. She was the recipient of various local and regional awards for her paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. She shared her talents with the community, teaching oil and watercolor classes at the Senior Citizen Center, teaching art to psychiatric patients at World War II Veterans Memorial Hospital, and by giving private lessons in oil and watercolor painting, ceramics, and enameling on copper. Irma was active in the Arts and Crafts Association for over 50 years, serving in many capacities. Their present home "Gallery 53" was purchased during her term as President in 1979-80. In addition to serving on numerous civic boards, Irma was also a well-known figure at Central Bank in Meriden, having worked there for over 20 years. After her death in 2000, the Irma P. Morse Art Scholarship Fund was established in her honor.
IRMA MORSE SCHOLARSHIP
The Irma Morse Scholarship Fund was established in 2000, in memory of Irma Peckham Morse, a noted local artist. The scholarship is intended to aid a Meriden high school student with a good academic record and demonstrated community involvement who plans to pursue an art career. Besides being accepted as a full time student at a recognized college, university, or community college, applicants must submit a portfolio of at least 10 pieces to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Irma Morse worked in oil, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media. Her subjects were generally drawn from nature - seascapes with crashing waves, snowscapes, autumnal trees by quiet brooks, and birds were favored subjects. Her work is timeless and classical, as fresh and beautiful as it was when she created it. The 30 works shown here are representative of her style and themes. Throughout her artistic career, Mrs. Morse won numerous local and regional awards for her work, including some of the works included here.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, click the image to see size, price, and a link to secure online purchasing. You can view all the works for sale here. You may also call or email the gallery to arrange purchases.
To see more artwork by Irma Morse, visit Gallery 53 during our regular business hours throughout June 2020!
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