“A Retrospective of Two Women Watercolorists”

“A Retrospective of Two Women Watercolorists”, an exhibit and sale of the paintings done by Betty “Jane” Coffin and Mildred E. Turner

These paintings represent some of the gifted works that they and their families donated to the Society to be sold to benefit the mission of collecting, preserving and communicating the history of the region of Cheshire County.  They felt that more people would be able to enjoy their work in this way and they could also support the Historical Society at the same time.

Jane Coffin and Mildred E. Turner had a great deal in common other than becoming watercolor artists.  Both were born and raised in Keene, NH, graduated from Keene High School and then went on to be graduates of Middlebury College in Vermont.  Their careers also were similar as both were high school teachers and active in many non-profit organizations in the area including the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Art was important to these women as they used this tool to communicate, educate and encourage others to express themselves through this media which was a sense of joy for them.  They both belonged to the Keene Art Association.

Mildred E. Turner enjoyed painting in both watercolor and acrylics, reading, quilting, tatting, embroidery, ceramics and playing a recorder in a special group.  Jane’s interests were to paint pictures of cats and landscapes. She also compiled a detailed family genealogy back to the Pilgrims.

“A Retrospective of Two Women Watercolorists” will be on exhibit through December 30th.

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