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Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones Featured in Recent Major Exhibition at PAFA


If you missed seeing Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones works in shared glory with many of her fellow women artist friends, have no fear! The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum published a beautiful hardcover book of its magnificent exhibit, Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women's Artistic Networks at PAFA, curated by Anna O. Marley.


Alongside works by Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Violet Oakley, and Alice Kent Stoddard (whose portrait of ESJ is included), you'll have a chance to see In Rittenhouse Square and The Market. If you are interested, the book is still available in the museum store. 

Debut Novel in Progress: When Biographers and Subject Share Mutual Obsession


"I cannot help making fables and bitter fairy tales out of my life." Elinor Wylie

Since the release of
Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones: The Artist Who Lived Twice,  Barbara Lehman Smith remains drawn to stories of overlooked yet influential women of the 20th century. Evoking the world of the modern biographer, she is currently at work on The Magic of Dead Things,  a novel about four wildly different biographers who are unknowingly researching the same real-life subject, a famously beautiful "madcap society poet" and reluctant feminist. As they gradually become consumed by the parallels of their downward spiraling lives to the early 20th century dramas of the dazzling Elinor Wylie, it soon becomes clear that the obsession between the worlds of the living and the departed may be mutual. 


I'm excited to be a new member of BIO's Development Committee and be involved in the planning of many fun and interesting member events for the year ahead! If you're interested in joining BIO, find out more here. 


With BIO President Linda Leavell (left) at an annual conference.

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