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  Jessie Arms Botke

Biography provided courtesy of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last.

Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971)...Born: Chicago, IL

Studied: Chicago Art Institute

Member: American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society, Carmel Art Association.

Jessie Arms Botke grew up and was educated in the Midwest. During the 1920s, she moved to the West Coast and settled near Santa Paula.

Although Botke painted and exhibited many watercolors and worked prolifically as a printmaker, she received national recognition for the production of murals and decorative oil paintings of exotic birds. Many of these paintings were reproduced by the New York Graphic Society and distributed world wide.

Biographical information:

Southern California Artists (1890-1940).
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St. Teresa of Avila painting by JESSIE ARMS BOTKE
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This is one of a pair of Jessie paintings I have depicting the Saint Teresa of Avila Church.

Original Bodega Bay Church watercolor by Jessie Arms Botke. Painting is signed lower left and again on the back. It is also tltled on the back of painting AND the paper backing on the frame. Title reads "Bell Tower and Church, Bodega". In original frame. Measures 10" x 12", frame measures 15 1/2" x 19 1/2".

Estate fresh, has not been shown or offered for sale since the 1940s.

Interesting history on this church: Ansel Adams made Saint Teresa of Avila the subject of his black and white photograph in 1953 “Church and Road”. Saint Teresa of Avila is located next door to the Potter School, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”. The Church can be seen in the film. Locals tell us Hitchcock attended church services during the filming of his movie.

10" x 12"
Lower Left and back.

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