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Heron Armies Streaming Overhead,
Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (1876–1958)

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Watercolor on paper
21 3/4 x 14 1/8 inches
Status: Available

Smith had a studio on Atlantic Street in Charleston, near those of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, Anna Heyward Taylor and Leila Waring. They joined forces for a series of studio teas. It was in the 1920s that Alice Smith began to gain national recognition. In 1921 she exhibited eighty-four drawings, prints and watercolors in various Southern cities. For the next thirty years she exhibited widely, in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, New York, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island, Michigan, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Florida, New Orleans, and Mississippi. In 1923 she was represented in an exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts. In 1927-28 her work appeared in a show of American prints in Florence and Paris. In 1928, she was also invited to participate in an international watercolor exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, and in museums in Albany, Chicago, New Orleans and, of course, Charleston. Dealers sought her out and placed her works in private collections across the country. She died in Charleston in 1958.

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