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Elizabeth Freedley Price (Betty Moore Price), daughter of artist George Freedley, began sketching at the age of five. She claimed to have learned more about painting from her father and other New Hope artists than from her formal training at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. Her earlier, primitive style, evolved to a more impressionistic style, influenced by Monet. Working in watercolors and oils, she chose traditional florals, landscapes, and still-life subjects characterized by her own free, inventive approach, using vibrant colors (oranges, yellows, bright blues, and greens) and broad, angular brush strokes. The subjects for her floral paintings came from her own gardens. She grew tall, bearded irises and specialized in breeding new pink specimens through experiments in cross-pollination. She married R. Moore Price, brother of painter M. Elizabeth Price and Frederic Newlin Price, owner of the Ferargil Gallery in New York. She was active in Bucks County's Phillips' Mill art community and continued to exhibit and paint well into her nineties, often signing her paintings "Elizabeth Freedley."
Elizabeth Freedley Price (1891-1988). Photograph by Linda Kirchner, New Hope Gazette, February 18, 1982. James A. Michener Art Museum archives.
Education and Training
Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1912-1914
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teachers and Influences
Price said she learned more about painting from her father, George Freedley, Daniel Garber, and the other artists who lived in New Hope than she did from her classes at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art
Connection to Bucks County
Price married R. Moore Price, a frame maker and art dealer. His brother, Frederic Newlin Price, ran Ferargil Galleries in New York City, and his sister, M. Elizabeth Price, was a member of The Ten Philadelphia Painters. Their sister, Alice Price, married New Hope Impressionist painter Rae Sloan Bredin.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Price was the daughter of artist-teacher George Freedley. She was active in the Phillips' Mill Community Association.
Major Group Exhibitions
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1916, 1924
Mississippi State Fair, Mississippi, 1927
Phillips' Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1927
Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective Art Show, Phillips' Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1979
Bucks County Landscape And Still Life Paintings by Elizabeth Freedley Price and Atlantic City Views by George Freedley, Berius Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1981
Association of Painters, New York, New York
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Plastic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Traveling Art Gallery Collection of Bucks County Public Schools, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1969
Prize, Mississippi State Fair, Foxgloves, 1927
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