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Working primarily in watercolors, gouache, oils, and acrylics, Jeanetta Beauvais was a talented folk artist and a native of Doylestown. After attending Greenbrier College, Beauvais attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1948 to 1951, studying with such notables as Daniel Garber, Franklin Watkins, Francis Speight, and Harry Rosin. She went on to study art history at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually created the art department at the Harbor Springs school in Michigan. Beauvais painted in a variety of genres, including nature stills, tree studies, flowers, and people. She also designed the insignia for the Submarine Spotter Patrol of the Eastern Seaboard, which was accepted in 1957. After 1968, her works focused on the traditional folk painting of the Pennsylvania Dutch frakturs, a style that won her much acclaim. Toward the end of her life, she produced Christmas card designs for American Artists Group Incorporated.
Education and Training
Greenbrier College for Women, Lewisburg, West Virginia, 1944-1948
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1948-1951
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teachers and Influences
Daniel Garber, Franklin Watkins, Francis Speight, Harry Rosin
Connection to Bucks County
Born and raised in Doylestown, Jeanetta Beauvais lived most of her life in Bucks County. She had exhibitions in New Hope art galleries and taught classes for children and adults. She drove a school bus to supplement her income. She gave private classes in drawing and painting while she lived in a house on the Burpee Estate in Doylestown.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Mimi Hoag was a colleague and close friend.
She was a member of the Doylestown Art League.
Major Group Exhibitions
Upstairs Gallery, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, n.d.
Annual, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, n.d.
Scofield Gallery, (with Mimi Hoag), Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1960
Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1963
Tinicum Art Festival, Tinicum, Pennsylvania, 1967
Stover Mill, (with Mimi Hoag), Erwinna, Pennsylvania, 1967
Philadelphia Women in Fine Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1968
Crest Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1968
Twice awarded the Virginia Reed Medal for Creative Art at Greenbriar College
Design of Insignia, the submarine spotter patrol, Eastern Seaboard U.S. Navy Air Corps, 1957
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Taught and established the art department in the Harbor Springs, Michigan Schools, 1951-1952
Beginning in 1975, she produced designs for Christmas Cards for American Artists Group, Inc.
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