This is an impressionistic oil painting with a nice impasto, titled “Boothbay’s Back Door”, signed at lower left “ Showalter.” The work is painted on an 18" x 22" canvas board and presented in original simple wood mid-century frame. The dimensions as framed are 27" x 35". On the reverse is an original label from the South Bend Art Association's (Indiana) entry blank for their juried art show. It reads "Showalter, Ethel, 507 N. Main Street, Kokomo, Ind., Medium Oil, Boothbay’s Back Door, Price $100". Research indicates that local landmark The Merry Calf ceased to exist long ago. A vintage post card depicting the town dock area shows its presence circa mid 1950's. This classic scene was apparently the inspiration for the painting. This painting is one of several that appeared on the market, having come directly from the deceased artist’s estate. Ethel Showalter resided in Maine and Indiana where she was inspired by her surroundings to create her lovely paintings. She was well-respected in the art community and her paintings were exhibited in juried art shows as well as in local galleries. Judging by the frames, most were created in the mid-century. Other works included still life.
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