Fern I. Coppedge (1883-1951), Untitled. n.d. Oil on canvas. 18 x 20 inches. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Thomas Fowler.

In 1920, Fern Coppedge bought a house and studio in Lumberville, Pennsylvania and painted the surrounding Bucks County landscape in bold shapes and vibrant colors. Coppedge is especially celebrated for her snow landscapes, her most common subject. She once famously stated, “People used to think me queer when I was a little girl because I saw deep purples and reds and violets in a field of snow. I used to be hurt over it until I gave up trying to understand people and concentrated on my love and understanding of landscapes. Then it didn’t make any difference.” This exhibition highlights the Michener Art Museum’s recent acquisition of four beautiful winter paintings by Coppedge and celebrates the digitization of Coppedge’s scrapbooks from the Museum’s Library and Archives.