Dorothy Clarke Solo Exhibit

Dorothy ClarkeTwenty five paintings by the late Dorothy Clark (1905-1986) have been brought together from private collections throughout the region for a special tribute exhibition of the beloved artist.  The exhibit is on display September 1 – October 15 in the Perrysburg Municipal Building 201 West Indiana Avenue.  Viewing hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday -Friday.

Dorothy Clarke was a popular and prolific painter, lecturer, and painting instructor in the area for decades.  Her articles and drawings were published in numerous editions of Highlight Magazine, Ford Times Magazine and the art magazine, Impresario.   The art columnist, Lynn Ruth wrote about Dorothy Clarke in  the 1974 edition of Impresario described her paintings by writing, “To Dorothy Clarke, the world is an ever changing kaleidoscope of color and her mission is to capture the thrill of it in her pictures.  She loves to paint and the love emanates from her paintings”.

 A severe stroke in the early 1980’s impacted her art career but not her indomitable spirit.  She continued to paint, despite the after effects of the stroke until she passed away peacefully in her sleep in 1986.

Dorothy Clarke’s daughter Betty Clarke Palmer, of Bowling Green says  ” her legacy not only lives in her paintings but in the love of art and music she instilled in her children and grandchildren.  She would involve her grandchildren in her creating so they would always feel a part of her passion.  They might help stretch a canvas, go along on a Sunday afternoon photo excursion, pick cattails from a ditch for one of her still life paintings or just sit by her side as she would paint, and tell animated stories peppered with her infectious laugh”.

Her granddaughter,  artist  Erin Palmer Szavuly of Perrysburg has a  portrait of her grandmother  on display in the exhibit. Erin’s watercolor painting of  Dorothy Clarke is a stylistic representation of her grandmother complete with shockingly red tussled hair, an elephant pin and a look of utter self satisfaction with who she was…. an outgoing, humorous, musician, artist, and beloved grandmother with a positive attitude .  Which is how Erin fondly  remembers her “Grammy”.   Erin holds an M.F.A. in drawing and is an art faculty member of Lourdes College.  She is currently the  President of the Toledo Federation of Art Societies.

For more information about this exhibit please contact Main Art-ery at or call 419 324 4758

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