Frances Carlberg King, Stuart, Palm Beach, Pompano. Watercolor, 11 by 15 inches, signed lower right Frances Carlberg King. 

KING, Frances Carlberg         Stuart, Palm Beach, Pompano Beach

A 1933 graduate from Palm Beach High School, Katrina Carlberg opened a studio at 212 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach in November of 1939. The Palm Beach Post, November 24, 1939, noted: “Miss Carlberg’s versatility is indicated by the variety of her work which includes pastels, watercolor and oil, covering portraits, still life and landscape. Her work as a portrait artist has won considerable critical acclaim.” In May of 1940 the young artist, announced in the Palm Beach Post, an “After Season Sale of Portraits and Still Lifes” at her Worth Avenue studio. She taught children’s art classes at the Norton School of Art for the 1942-43 season. In 1946 her painting depicting the U. S. Army Air Corp in Texas was hung in the Texas State Capital building in Austin. That year Carlberg moved to Stuart where she married Drew W. King, Jr., later mayor of Stuart 1949-1950. An avid painter her whole life Frances King lost her hearing after a fall at age 14 months. She was a charter member of the Oral Deaf Adult Section of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and the Clarke School Alumni Association. Born: October 25, 1913, West Palm Beach. Died: November 13, 1997, Stuart. Education: Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, Mass., 1919-1930; St. Genevieve-of-the Pines, Asheville, S.C.; with Eric Pape; George Bridgeman and Dimitri Romanovsky, in New York; Birger Sandzen in Lindsborg, Kansas. Membership: Palm Beach Art League; Society of The Four Arts; Florida Federation of Art; Florida Watercolor Society; Ashville Artists’ Guild; Martin County Fine Arts Guild. Exhibits: Palm Beach Art League, annual, March 1935, Daisy Erb prize for best work by an artist under twenty years; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, 2nd Annual, April 1937; Florida Federation of Art 12th Annual, Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach, December 1938, 1st honorable mention, professional, black & white, portrait studies, Russian Girl, The Red Brim; Society of The Four Arts, Portrait Show, later at the Sarasota Art Association, January-February 1940, Monday Morning, portrait, Marianne Foskett Voorhees; Society of The Four Arts, 3rd Annual, January 1941, oils, Mulatto Girl, Fruit Still Life, watercolor, Study of Fruit and Tapestry; Florida Watercolor Society, Society of The Four Arts, March 1941, Wilson’s Fruit Stand, Banyan Tree, Everglades Farm, Carolina Flour Mill, White’s Cafe, Monday Morning; Society of The Four Arts, 5th Annual Members Exhibition, January 1943, oil, Moon and Squall. Palm Beach Art League, 25th Annual, March 1943, a seascape, Storm Clouds; Norton Gallery and School of Art, July 1943 with Albert Backus, Jean Jacques Pfister, Ernest Lawson, Bion Barnett and J. Clinton Shepherd; Texas State Capital, Austin, 1946; Ashville (North Carolina) Artists’ Guild, August 1947, an oil, Man from Ethiopia and watercolors, Indian River Fish House, Nature’s Paint Box and Gumbo limbo Tree; Martin County Fine Ars Guild, December 1947, 3rd prize watercolor for Seaview; Palm Beach Art League Annual Exhibit, Norton Gallery, March 1949; Now as Frances Carlberg King, Fort Pierce first sidewalk art exhibit of professional and amateur artists from Indian River area, February 7-8, 1953; Edenlawn Plantation, Fort Pierce 2nd Annual, Thanksgiving Day, November 1954; Stuart Sidewalk Art Fair, March 1955-1957; Asheville Art Museum, one-man exhibit, May 1958, including portraits of Eloise Moersch of Ft. Lauderdale and Gerard Walter, Pompano Beach; Martin County Historical Society at Elliott Art Gallery, watercolors; Rochester Institute of Technology, April 1991, watercolors. Directory: Listed in the West Palm Beach City Directory 1940, as an artist with a studio at 212 North Ave, Palm Beach.

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