Harriett Rex Smith,
age 96, an amazing and prolific artist, died peacefully at home in Ashland,
OR, on July 20, 2017.
She was born in
Montpelier, IN on May 3, 1921, and lived in Northwest Indiana until 1977,
when she built her studio in the mountains of southern Oregon.
A founding member
of the Chesterton Art Association, Harriett earned her MFA from Notre Dame
and taught at several Calumet-area universities. She was joined in Oregon by
her friends, Furnessville potter and painter Hazel Hannell, who died in
2002, and Chesterton painter Betty Shotliff, who recently celebrated her
and taught her whole life, developing new styles over the decades. For her,
art was about expressing the beauty and love she felt for the natural world
Ð an affirmation of what was right with the world. She was an avid reader
and kept up with her many interests: astronomy, the environment, politics,
modern writings on spirituality and God Ð you name it and she could discuss
it! Harriett also loved classical music and felt kinship with composers and
Harriett traveled a
lot in her younger years. With kids and a painting pal or two in the car
she’d set off for Canada or the southwest and paint en plein air while the
kids explored. She especially loved the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Oregon.
She will be greatly
missed by her family and friends. Harriett is survived by six children,
including her son Julien “Abe” Smith of Valparaiso.
A memorial service
is planned for the autumn in Ashland.
In lieu of flowers,
Harriett would appreciate any donations be given to charities doing good
work or activism for the environment.