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The Adirondack World of Edna West Teall

February 10, 2019 | 1:30 pm

Laura Rice and Elizabeth Folwell

Born in 1881 and raised in the small community of Reber, Edna West Teall exemplified the Adirondack ideal of self-reliance and resourcefulness. She taught herself to write, and became a successful journalist for the Newark (New Jersey) Evening News. In retirement she returned to her Adirondack childhood home and taught herself to paint. Her book, Adirondack Tales: A Girl Grows up in the Adirondacks in the 1880s, was published posthumously in 1970 [by Adirondack Life magazine] Combining her paintings with written reminiscences, it has charmed Adirondackers for decades. Chief Curator Laura Rice will present the life and work of this Adirondack artist, including the museum’s recent acquisition of 28 Teall paintings. Betsy will talk about the process of creating the 2001 reprint and meeting both Teall’s granddaughter at the farm and the late Albert Gates, who collected the Teal paintings beginning in the 1960s.

Laura Rice received an MA in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Maryland Historical Society, Curator of the Clymer Museum of Art, Educator at the Kent Delord House, and has been at the Adirondack Museum since 2003 where she is now Chief Curator.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Folwell, author of Short Carries: Essays from Adirondack Life and expert in all things Adirondack, has anchored Adirondack Life for almost 30 years, winning countless awards for her vivid and insightful prose. A longtime Blue Mountain Laker, Betsy’s latest endeavor (along with her husband, Tom Warrington), is restoring the 1946 diner on Route 30 known as the Blueliner, opening date TBD.