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Ruth Peabody

Painter, sculptor.  Born in Highland Park, IL in 1898.  Peabody first studied sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago.  After moving to Laguna Beach in 1924 with her mother Elanor Colburn, she executed sculpture commissions in the form of fountains and memorial plaques.  Upon establishing a studio, she taught privately as well as at the Laguna Beach High School.  Her mother taught her to paint and early in her career she produced numerous portraits and representational subject matter.  Peabody painted abstracts during the 1940s and garden and flower subjects during her later years.  

Peabody was an active member in:  the Laguna Beach Art Association; California Art Club;   San Diego Art Guild.  She received dozens of awards in Southern California from 1926-1937.

Peabody¬ís exhibitions include:  Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1931;   Art Institute of Chicago;  Oakland Art Gallery, 1932;  Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939;  San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, 1939;  California State Fairs.

Works are held:  San Diego Museum, drinking fountain opposite the  Laguna Beach Art Gallery;  Laguna Beach Art Association (portrait medallion of Anna Hills);  Laguna Beach Humane Society (fountains);  Anaheim High School, Hoag Memorial Hospital;  Newport Beach.

(Source: Hughes, Edan Milton, "Artists in California: 1786-1940," San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989.)


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