Her Place by the Sea - The Alice Ware Armstrong Collection
This impressive collection of works of local artist, Alice Lucy Ware Armstrong (1876-1952), is on display at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Born in 1876 and deaf from an early age, Alice Lucy Ware Armstrong overcame the limitations of her disability and aspired to creative self-expression. Her paintings were exhibited alongside some of the greatest Impressionists, and her woven goods were sold in Cape Cod's gift shops. Armed with the ability to lip read and speak, Alice pursued higher education, focusing on art.
She attended the Worcester Museum of Fine Arts, the Cowles Art School in Boston, and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1902, her Portrait of Miss Anna L. was exhibited in the 71st Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts along with paintings by Edmund Tarbell, Frank W. Benson, James McNeil Whistler, and Winslow Homer.
She was happily married and had four children. This is a compelling exhibit, and a worthy tribute to a talented artist who overcame her disabilities and enjoyed a full and rewarding life.