Farm House #3, Shanty at Wiggley’s Island

Farm House #3, Shanty at Wiggley’s Island

Artist: Howard Stern
Type: Watercolor on paper
Year: 1944
Size/Dimensions: 14 x 20 in.
Origin: Gift of Nathan K. Stern and Ellen C. Stern
Accession Number: 2003.134.9

Howard Seymour Stern was a physician, a noted photographer, a skilled riflemaker, and an award-winning painter. Having witnessed the financial struggles of many artistic peers, Stern was committed to his decision to practice medicine, which freed his painting and photography to foster his “sanity.” Like many artists, Stern was energized by the intellectual banter than ensued when artists conversed. In 1935, he served as a key organizer of the Little Rock Camera Club. He was an active member in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. During World War II, Stern began painting more and spending time with a tight-knit group of artists. This group adopted the name “Ars Media Tobacco Road Club,” named for the group’s combination of artists and medical doctors. The men would meet each Sunday morning, traveling under the viaduct off Cantrell Road to access the shanties that lined Tobacco Road near modern-day Cajun’s Wharf where they would quietly paint. According to Stern’s daughter, Wiggley’s Island is where Cajun’s Wharf is now. Stern’s paintings and photographs continue to be displayed in various collections in Arkansas and around the world.

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Farm House #3, Shanty at Wiggley’s Island