Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
Vernon Smith is best known for his bas-relief wood carving and his abstract figurative work. During the Depression years of 1934-1937, he was Regional Director of the WPA and painted in Alaska.
Vernon Smith was born in 1894 in Cortland, NY (upper state) and, by 1918, he had gone to study at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts in Paris. Smith also came to Cape Cod where he studied with Charles Hawthorne, the founder of the Provincetown School of Art, eventually settling in the town of Orleans where he became a teacher in the Orleans public school system.
He was a member of CCAA (founder and president), PAAM, Eastern AA, Mass Art Educ. Assn. His exhibits include Walker Gallery, Boston (1934, solo), Inst. Mod. Art, Boston, 1939, Kraushaar Gal, NYC (1944-65 and solo in 1947). Also at Virginia MFA, 1946, PAFA, 1946, Montclair AM, 1952, Addisson Gallery, 1959, CCAA, 1959 (solo), Henderson Gal. Carmel, CA.,1960-66 (including one solo show), Symphony Hall, Boston, 1961 solo, Orleans AG, 1978, PAA, 1938-61, 1997 Retrospective, Cape Cod MFA, Dartmouth College, Anchorage Mus. Springfield MFA and others.
Examples of Museum Representation: The Museum of Modern Art Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Anchorage Museum of History and Art Cape Cod Museum of Art Community Fine Arts Center New Britain Museum of American Art Provincetown Art Association and Museum Smithsonian American Art Museum The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824-3538