Ethel Irene Blandin (1887 – 1969)
Landscape painter Ethel Blandin was born in Macon, Nebraska on April 15, 1887. She moved, before 1900, with her parents, Orrin Joseph and Miranda (Nettleton) Blandin to Eaton, Colorado. In the years following the artist traveled about the West, residing and painting in Colorado for many years following her marriage to Lemuel W. Haworth on March 25, 1920. The couple would later move to various locales, including Oregon, before moving to Sedona, Arizona in 1947. Blandin would return to Colorado in 1960, to Delta, Montrose and, in 1966, Canon City, where she died three years later on October 19, 1969.
Blandin's education included Colorado Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado), Greeley, 1905-1907, and the School of the Chicago Art Institute, Illinois, 1907-1908. She was a member of the American Artists Professional League, and the Oregon Society of Artists. In addition to being a prolific painter, she acted as an art gallery director.
The Santa Fe Railroad, a major collector of southwestern artists and paintings, acquired, in 1953, Blandin's view of Sedona's Courthouse Rock, and Shower Over the Grand Canyon. Another painting of the Grand Canyon by Blandin was given as a gift by the Phoenix Greek delegation to the King and Queen of Greece during a visit to Arizona.
Ethel Blandin had one-person exhibitions in Washington, California, Oregon, New Mexico and Arizona, including a year-long show in the early 1950s at the Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel. She also exhibited a landscape, Desert Trails, and a portrait of her husband, Mr. Haworth, in 1948 at the Arizona State Fair, Phoenix.
Sources: The Archives of AskArt; Phil and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick: An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West.
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