This vibrant, small framed painting was titled "Art Festival in Park" by the artist, Cornelia Hart Farrer (1897 - 1991). Born in Boise, Idaho, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Washington and spent a year in Paris at the Académie Delécluse, an art school very supportive of women artists. She was an art teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma and spent summers during the 1920's on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She returned to Boise in the 1930's, founded the local art association and married Vern Farrer, She was a highly respected artist and is listed in "Artists in California, 1786-1940" by Edan Hughes and in "Women of the West," a book published in 1928 that contains biographies of influential women of the western U.S states.
The scene Farrer painted here in oil on canvas board is "Art in the Park," held by the Boise Art Museum beginning in 1954, with Farrer one of the founders. It's set in Julia Davis Park, created in 1907 along the Boise River. The painting is alive with playful colors, art and, interestingly, faceless people. The style she used reflects her attraction to French Impressionism.
The sight size is 9 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, on an 8 by 10 board, with the framed measurements 11 3/4 inches by 13 5/8 inches. The wooden frame is painted a matte gold with an inner liner of cream colored velvet. We did not have our framer add dust paper, as the artist added her hand written information on the back. Both painting and frame are in excellent shape, with an existing hanging wire.
We've included with this artwork a copy of the book “The Blue Doorknob — The Life and Times of Idaho Artist Cornelia Hart Farrer." Written by Rita Branham Rodriguez, who spent 22 years writing and researching it, it is a First Edition, published in 2013. Lovely to have as an adjunct to the painting, it is a very fine read, also.