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Posted - Dec 31 2008 :  11:42:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have three paintings by an artist named Ruth Vail. She painted seascapes of the New Jersey shore in the 1950s/60s/70s. I cannot find her listed anywhere.

Could anyone steer me in the right direction??


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Posted - Dec 31 2008 :  11:51:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How did you come to findartinfo?
Did you look at findartinfo?
She's listed here.
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Posted - Dec 31 2008 :  16:11:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ruth Vail Conklin
(Asbury Park Press)

Ruth Vail Conklin, 102, of Manasquan, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at Tenacre, Princeton. She was born in Rahway and lived for periods in Wall, Ocean Grove, Naples, Maine, Philadelphia and Manasquan. She was a graduate of Neptune High School and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts; and the Art Students League, New York City. While an art student, she modeled for the late W.H.D. Koerner, Interlaken, a renowned illustrator and painter of western art whose illustrations appeared frequently in the Saturday Evening Post. She was a professional artist for almost 75 years, painting in oil, watercolor and pastels. She traveled and painted widely throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, and her subjects varied widely from the canals of Venice to the Twin Lights overlooking Sandy Hook. She painted portraits, flowers, murals and landscapes but was noted for her seascapes, most of which were of waves, beaches, rocks and fishermen in the Shore area. Some of her murals can be seen at Allaire State Park and in the PNC Bank in Manasquan. Some of pen and ink drawings of fish and wildlife appeared in the Asbury Park Press in the 1960s and 70s, and in Press publications, including "Shore Area Fish" and "The Shore Catch." She became interested in antique dolls in the 1930s and acquired a huge collection over her lifetime. The fascination with dolls led her to establish the Roadside Studio on Atlantic Avenue, Wall, where she began to make character dolls, and soon began to market them nationwide. Prior to and during World War II, she employed 25 people to make and market the dolls. She later established the Ruth Vail Studio in Sea Girt, and was a partner with her daughter, the late Lucile Geiser, in the Naples Gallery, an antique business and art studio in Naples, Maine. She taught art classes for children and adults and conducted art demonstrations for more than 40 years. She was one of the founders of the Manasquan River Group of Artists, a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Association of Women Artists, the American Artists Professional League, the Society of New Jersey Artists, the Guild of Creative Art, the Asbury Park Society of Fine Arts and the Gov. William Livingston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston.
She was predeceased by three husbands, Paul Geiser, John C.W. Bird, and Stanley Conklin.
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Posted - Jan 01 2009 :  11:06:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found this site thru Google.

After clicking on --I'm asked to pay for signing up. Is that the only was to get info?
Could you give me an idea as to the information that I would receive about this artist if I enroll?

There's a site where others seem to be in the same boat regarding this artist. Her passing was reported there.


Thank you for your replies.
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Posted - Jan 01 2009 :  11:51:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
you won't find more info than what is given in the obit.

when you search, always check the cached version. in this instance you get more information:

www.fantiques.com/cgi-bin/antiquesforum/antiquesforum.pl/noframes/read/988+%22ruth+vail%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&client=opera" target="_blank">

but it is only of other people's questions about her.

i don't know what page you are on when you are asked to pay - so far i have not been held up.
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