Erma Wheeler

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
Erma Wheeler: Parallels
May 5, 2018June 3, 2018
An exhibition of sumptuous, sophisticated watercolor paintings from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s by Erma Wheeler .
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Up to Eleven
May 5, 2023June 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.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2023
March 23, 2023 · 5:00 pmMarch 26, 2023 · 6:00 pm
Matthew Swift Gallery will be exhibiting at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Right Here on Paper: Gloucester MA and environs
August 6, 2022November 30, 2022
An exhibition of works on paper depicting Gloucester, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas.
November 13, 2021January 31, 2022
A group exhibition of abstract art.
September 5, 2020October 4, 2020
An exhibition for a time of danger and transitions.
Art Palm Beach 2020
January 30, 2020February 3, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery will show work by gallery artists and a special exhibition of work by Erma Wheeler at Art Palm Beach.
November 23, 2019February 29, 2020
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look while approaching and beginning the year 2020.
New Series Two
October 10, 2019November 18, 2019
Signature works of art by gallery and guest artists, in harmonious groupings, but without an express theme.
New Series One
August 10, 2019October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.
Organic Complications
April 13, 2019May 27, 2019
An exhibition exploring the complex, evolving living world & the question of our human place in it.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2018
October 18, 2018October 21, 2018