Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Schlemm, Betty Lou

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Schlemm, Betty Lou
  • Schlemm, Betty Lou, Interviewee
  • Masters, David, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:Norcross Greeting cards, Paul Strisik, Gordon Grant, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, Greenwich Village, Raleigh North Carolina, Carmel California, Grand Central Art Gallery.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):David Masters (8/16/1978)
  • TRACKS: Born 1934 in Maplewood, in New Jersey, how she arrived in Gloucester after a trip out west -- I can't imagine art any finer than here -- New York's and Cape Ann's art community compared -- Places and institutions studied in -- Village art shows, galleries and associations belonged to -- Realism in the Cape Ann art colony -- Heritage of the Cape Ann art colony -- Cape Ann compared to the French Impressionist community as vital art centers -- It keeps your standards very high -- It's not good to work in just one medium -- Landscape, etc., what she likes as subjects -- Rocky Neck as a subject and art colony -- Winslow Homer uses same subject as does Betty Schlemm in one painting -- Commissioned by Navy -- G.I.'s mystique for her -- How a weakness became a strength -- Why artists live long -- How income is divided between art and teaching -- Painting the Hamilton International Horse Trials.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 08-16-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Schlemm, Betty Lou, Interviewee and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Schlemm, Betty Lou,” Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass., accessed July 3, 2020,


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