Paintings of Douglas artist Effie Anderson Smith, to be on display at Douglas-Williams House during the Douglas Days

A show featuring paintings of Douglas artist Effie Anderson Smith, aka Mrs. A.Y. Smith, will open May 17 in the Douglas-Williams House Museum, 1001 D Ave., during the sixth annual Douglas Days celebration.

Over 20 of Smith’s paintings, most featured in a recent Tucson show, will be on display. Steve Carlson, curator of the Effie Anderson Smith Archives, will be on hand to talk about Mrs. Smith’s legacy as the Dean of Arizona Women Artists.

Smith lived much of her life in Pearce, but also resided in the Gadsden Hotel and had a studio there in the 1940s-50s. Her paintings of Arizona scenes, ranging from the Grand Canyon to Leslie Canyon, are done in Impressionist style with an emphasis on color and light.

“The display in the Douglas-Williams House includes paintings from three of the four periods of Effie’s paintings,” said Carlson. “All feature Arizona mountains and deserts and plants such as cactus and yuccas.

“She very seldom painted structures, but the display includes two of the exceptions,” said Carlson. “One is a painting of the two Douglas smelters, done in 1931, and the other is a view from Rustlers Park. It’s a snapshot in time because it shows the Caldwell cabin, which burned during the second Horseshoe Fire in 2011.”

Douglas Historical Society president DeNise Bauer said docents plan to keep the museum open during the same time as Douglas Days is running in Castro Park.

“The paintings will be on display after Douglas Days,” said Bauer, “but we hope people will walk over from the Park and see them now because they are a perfect example of how we can embrace Douglas’ heritage while working toward our future.”

No admission is charged at the museum, but donations are gratefully accepted.


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