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Artist Harriett Rex Smith passes away at age 96

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Harriett Rex Smith, age 96, an amazing and prolific artist, died peacefully at home in Ashland, OR, on July 20, 2017.

She was born in Montpelier, IN on May 3, 1921, and lived in Northwest Indiana until 1977, when she built her studio in the mountains of southern Oregon.

A founding member of the Chesterton Art Association, Harriett earned her MFA from Notre Dame and taught at several Calumet-area universities. She was joined in Oregon by her friends, Furnessville potter and painter Hazel Hannell, who died in 2002, and Chesterton painter Betty Shotliff, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Harriett painted and taught her whole life, developing new styles over the decades. For her, art was about expressing the beauty and love she felt for the natural world an affirmation of what was right with the world. She was an avid reader and kept up with her many interests: astronomy, the environment, politics, modern writings on spirituality and God you name it and she could discuss it! Harriett also loved classical music and felt kinship with composers and musicians.

Harriett traveled a lot in her younger years. With kids and a painting pal or two in the car shed set off for Canada or the southwest and paint en plein air while the kids explored. She especially loved the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Oregon.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Harriett is survived by six children, including her son Julien Abe Smith of Valparaiso.

A memorial service is planned for the autumn in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, Harriett would appreciate any donations be given to charities doing good work or activism for the environment.

 

 

Posted 7/24/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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