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Elizabeth Lloyd Chater


August 10, 1914 - 1995

Bio courtesy of http://libbychater.weebly.com/about-libby.html
ELIZABETH LLOYD CHAMBERLAINE CHATER, a quintessential artist of the twentieth century, was born on August 10, 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland and lived until 1999 in various places in the eastern United States.  Her young life was immersed in the art world as she followed in her artist mother’s footsteps.   She sat for sketches, visited to museums, studied at art schools and traveled to Paris.  Her love for New York City started after high school when she first attended the  Art Students League.  She got to live by herself in the city when she was 74 and did take more classes at the Art Students League.
Libby, as she was known by family and friends, absorbed art by living it.  “I have been doing art work most of my life. My mother was an artist and I often posed for her. My mother loved art and did some good work as I was growing up and was attending Bryn Marr school. We thought and talked about it (art) often going to the Baltimore Museum of Art. She had many artist friends among them Adelaide Breeskin and Mrs. (Belle) Boas.  . . . On Saturdays we, my mother and I, would often attend classes at the Phillips Gallery in Washington, making the trip with a group of mature artists. The curator Law Walkins was very pleased with my work.”
She attended Bryn Mar School where she did well in art and was urged by her teacher, Sarah Baker, to continue studying which she did at the Maryland Institute of Art.  “My three years at the MI, were the typical art school studies of the day, (but) the Saturdays in Washington (Phillips Gallery) gave me the best understanding of art..” Her fourth year of art study was at the Art Students League of New York with Alexander Brook and Arnold Blanch. 
On her return to Maryland, Libby taught art at Greenwood School and three years later married the Rev. E. Walter Chater, an Episcopal minister.  They moved to western New York where she took evening classes, helped organize an adult education class and studied at the University of Syracuse.  The Rochester Art Museum Gallery accepted two of her figure paintings for a juried show.  In spite of a busy schedule and raising two children, Libby managed to work at art as much as possible.  She kept a studio at each residence throughout her life.  While in the early years her children served as subjects for realistic works, her subjects, studios and range greatly expanded over time.  
In the 1950s, the family moved closer to New York City.  Of this experience she writes:  “On moving to Harrison, New York, I took classes in earnest.  In about 1954 I studied with Will Barnet at the Art Students League.  . .  .  This was a big experience for me as Mr. B introduced the class to abstract art as understood through the ages. I have never forgotten his enlightening critiques of modern artists. Will Barnet taught me the fundamentals of modern art as seen in the whole development of art.  In studying abstract art in relation to the art of the past I learned of the dynamic of creating a strong work of art.”  This experience prompted her transition from realistic painting by stressing the importance of abstract structure.  She also continued studying with Will Barnet and others during summers on Cape Cod throughout the 1960s.
Along with a one woman show at Pace College in Westchester, she won several prizes at local shows.  The Ruth Sherman Gallery provided her the first New York show.  Reviewing that show in a 1962 New York Times article, the critic Stuart Preston wrote: “Elizabeth Chater wears two hats, those of painter and printmaker, in her show at the Ruth Sherman Gallery, 306 E. 72nd Street. In both mediums she takes a semi-abstract to abstract line, flattening form into sharp-edged areas that show a nice, neat competent feeling for design. And in her figure studies she manages to suggest individuality in the sitter despite drastic ways of formal reduction.”  The Avanti Gallery presented her in two solo shows.  

In 1972, she moved to Vermont and she joined a group of artists interested in many aspects of art.  During the 1970’s a number of sites presented her work including the Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier;  the Vermont Studio School and Johnson State College; Johnson; the University of Vermont, Burlington; and Goddard College, Plainfield.  She continued to  successfully participate in local art shows.
After the death of her husband she moved to Montclair, New Jersey in 1981, where she took courses in sculpture, painting and paper making at Montclair State College and exhibited there at Gallery 1.  Libby  also resumed studies at the Art Students League and exhibited at the West Broadway Gallery in Soho. 

In 1995 until the end of her life, Elizabeth Chater lived and worked on Cape Cod.  She also regularly traveled to Honduras, Central America and this was reflected in the subject matter of her work.  At the Cape, she studied at the Cotuit Art Center and participated in many local exhibitions as well as lecturing on art.

1914    Born, Baltimore, Maryland

1930    Maryland Institute of Art and Phillip's Gallery, Washington, DC

1933/34 New York, Art Students League, Studied with Alexander Brook, Arnold Blanchard

1934    Traveled to Paris, Studied Art and Painted

1935    Taught art Greenwood School, Baltimore

1945    Studied at University of Syracuse

1945    Rochester Art Gallery and Museum - Juried Show
1950    New York, Art Students League, Studied with Will Barnett

1957    Provincetown, Massachusetts, Studied with Will Barnett 

1960's One Person Shows: New York

New York - Ruth Sherman Gallery; Avanti Gallery

Westchester - Pace College

1972    Vermont:

Goddard College, Plainfield

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson

Johnson State College, Johnson

University of Vermont, Burlington (One Person Show),

1977    Englewood , New Jersey studied at Tenafly Art Center

1979    Montpelier, Vermont Wood Art Gallery, (One Person Show) 

1979    Vermont Artists Show, First Prize

1981    Montclair College, Gallery 1, Montclair State College, New Jersey; (One Person Show) 

1981-1986 Studied Sculpture, Painting, and Paper at Montclair State College, New Jersey

1982    West Broadway Gallery, in Soho, New York City (One Person Show)

1983    Summit Center Art Show, Summit, New Jersey

1986    Annual Show of New England Artists, Silvermine, CT

1988     Studied sculpture, Art Students League, New York

1994    Wolf Gallery, several shows of paintings, Cotuit, Massachusetts

1995    Cape Cod Women's Organization Annual Art Show

1995    Design Center, Boston, Design Industry Foundation for AIDS

1995    Cape Cod Printmakers: Past and Present, Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, Dennnis

1994-98 Studied with Jamie Wolf, Cotuit Arts Center

2011    Provincetown Museum of Modern Art;  painting accepted in permanent art collection

2012     Cape Cod Museum of Art, show of 12 prints

2012    Cape Cod Museum of Art, two prints accepted in permanent art collection

2012     Cotuit Art Center, two paintings and 1 print accepted in juried show

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