June 2, 1977 Dr. William I. Homer Department of Art History University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Dear Dr. Homer, Judy Zilczer suggested that I write to you and Doreen Bolger. I am beginning my dissertation research at the University of Michigan on 'Edith Gregor Halpert and the Downtown Gallery,' with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Smithsonian. I want to know more about the summer art colony at Ogunquit, Maine. I suspect that Mrs. Halpert's stay there during the late 1920's, among people such as Kunjyoshi, Laurent, Karfiol, and Schmidt, provided some of the stimulus for her to open the Downtown Gallery in 1926, and later to show and collect American folk art. I have placed Mrs. Halpert in Ogunquit during the summer of 1927, I do not yet know of her presence there other summers. The Downtown Gallery featured an 'Ogunquit Exhibition' October 1927, and showed the Hamilton Faster Field Art Foundation Collection of Painting and Sculpture in October 1934. Do you know of anyone doing research on Ogunquit? What bibliography do you recommend? I am considering attending the symposium at Wellesley College, November 5th, 1977 on summer art colonies, and noted that you are on the program. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my dissertation research with you sometime when I am on the East Coast next Fall and Winter, Thank you for your interest. Sincerely Diane Tepfer Rpbbins
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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