Erma Allen Wheeler was born in Ohio in 1915 and moved to White Plains, New York, in 1925. In 1932, she began to summer with her family in Rockport, Massachusetts, where she painted and associated with many of the well-known artists of the day, including W. Lester Stevens, Samuel Hershey, Ann Brockman, William McNulty, and John Corbino. In New York, she studied with Gifford Beal and John Sloan at the National Academy and the Art Students League in New York City. In 1947, she moved with her husband to the Gloucester, Massachusetts, village of Annisquam, adjacent to Rockport, and she lived the remainder of the life there, becoming an integral and enduring part of the community of artists on Cape Ann. With Norma Cuneo and assisted by Ellen Ferrin, Wheeler designed and executed the Gloucester Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Mural, installed in Gloucester City Hall and dedicated in 1979. The mural incorporates the names of 4,000 Gloucester fishermen lost at sea between 1874 and 1975. Her work is in the collection of the Cape Ann Museum and numerous private collections.
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Past Solo Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Up to Eleven
May 5, 2023 – June 19, 2023
A group exhibition celebrating the commencement of the Gallery's 11th year and the formal reopening of its Main Street location after a pause of several months.
September 5, 2020 – October 4, 2020
An exhibition for a time of danger and transitions.
November 23, 2019 – February 29, 2020
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look while approaching and beginning the year 2020.
New Series Two
October 10, 2019 – November 18, 2019
Signature works of art by gallery and guest artists, in harmonious groupings, but without an express theme.
New Series One
August 10, 2019 – October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.
April 13, 2019 – May 27, 2019
An exhibition exploring the complex, evolving living world & the question of our human place in it.