|Louise Everett Nimmo|
Louise Everett was born on April 9, 1899, in Des Moines, Iowa. She was raised and educated in her home town, where she attended public schools and had her early art education with her mother, Mary (Orwig) Everett, who was a well-known artist. Mary traveled to Europe at age eleven to study the work of the Old Masters. She attended Grinnell College, Iowa, and then received her first serious art training from Frederick Fusman at Saugatuck, Michigan. In 1918 she studied with Charles W. Hawthorne, at Provincetown, Massachusetts, then moved to California in 1919 and spent three and a half years at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, studying under the sculptor Julia Bracken Wendt, among others.
With money earned from the sale of her paintings, she spent 1925-1926 in France, studying sculpture at L'École des Beaux Arts at Fontainebleau and painting at L'Académie Julian in Paris. After resettling in Los Angeles, she married Raymond E. Nimmo, an attorney, in 1932 and continued to live in the city until moving to Ojai, California, in 1957.
Louise, who sculpted only briefly, initially sketched many coastal scenes from Laguna Beach to Monterey. By the late 1920s, she had turned more to the desert county of California, Arizona, and occasionally New Mexico, focusing on its cacti and other flora and its landscapes. She also traveled to Mexico, and during the early 1930s painted American Indians of Northern New Mexico.
She exhibited her work internationally from the early 1920s until the time of her death. Louise Everett Nimmo passed away on April 6, 1959, in Ojai, California.
Member: California Art Club; Women Painters of the West (President 1935-1936); Laguna Beach Art Association.
Exhibited: Paris Salon; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1923-1946 (1923 marine prize); Artists of Southern California, San Diego; Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona; Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art; Pacific SW Logo, Long Beach, 1928 (silver medal sculpture); LACMA, 1929; Beverly Hills Women’s Club, 1932 (purchase prize); California State Fair, Sacramento, 1936; Golden Gate Intl. Expo., San Francisco, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1950; California Art Club, 1951; Palm Desert Art Gallery. Following in Los Angeles: Women Painters of the West, Ebell Club; Artists Fiesta; and Academy of Western Painters.
Works Held: California Art Club, L.A. (mural); Beverly Hills Women’s Club; St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Ojai.
AAA 1925-33; WWAA 1936-62; WWC 1942; WAA; CA&A; LACD; AAW.
St. Gaudens, Maurine. Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960. Vol 3. 2015. Print.