Crater Lake

crater-lake-largeMary Valere Geelan, snjm (1874-1928)
Oil on canvas, 8" H x 34 7/8" W
Circa 1910
Gift of Joyce and Frank Bastasch, 2008.17

Sister Mary Valere taught painting, drawing and china painting in Holy Names' schools throughout Oregon. She began teaching at St. Mary's Academy in Medford in 1909. While there she took the students on drawing and painting excursions to nearby Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. Sister Mary Valere painted at least seven views of Crater Lake, many of which were displayed at the students' art exhibition in June 1911.