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September 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curator of Exhibitions Barbara McNab will present the first of our Fall Into Art programs, American Artist Marie Dorothy Dolph.

Following the program, the Brinton Bistro will serve gourmet cookies and coffee refreshments (included in the ticket price).

$10 tickets (25% discount for Brinton members, use code MEM5)

Doors open at 5:30 PM. A cash bar will be available.

Painting of a sheep wagon by Dorothy DolphMarie Dorothy (Newell) Dolph (1884-1979) was a landscape painter who was one of the first commercially successful female artists in her adopted state of Wyoming. Dorothy Dolph was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and relocated to Wyoming when she married Royal Jay Dolph in 1913. They homesteaded at Cassa on the Platte River not far from present day Glendo, and in 1921 moved to Casper. They moved once more on a homestead west of Casper, about two miles from Goose Egg Ranch.

In 1929, the Great Depression hit the nation. During this period, Dorothy painted anything that would sell. She had the foresight to paint small because it was what people could afford. She sometimes traded her paintings for gas and groceries. It was Mr. Jack E. Haynes who approached Dolph and commissioned her to paint picturesque scenes for his store in Yellowstone Park. She painted 1,465 paintings in two years and was very successful in selling her art.

Dorothy Dolph traveled throughout Wyoming and most of the lower 48 states, as well as Alaska and Canada, painting! She exhibited her work in the University of Wyoming art shows and federal galleries in Casper and Laramie, as well as WPA (Works Progress Administration, Federal Works Agency) exhibitions at John Herron Art Institute at Indianapolis and Rockefeller Center. Further Recognition came to Dolph when in 1936 she exhibited her work in the First National Exhibition of American Art at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

This amazing artist who found her niche in Wyoming spent her final years in Idaho to be with her sons. She continued to paint until her death in 1979. She was 94 years old.

The Brinton Museum owns 108 Dorothy Dolph paintings purchased with funds provided by the 2016 Gala Fundraiser.