Need your help with historical artist painting search
Alpine County Historical Society is searching for paintings by artist Walt Monroe, for documentation and exhibit.
Monroe was born in Alpine County in the mining town of Monitor in 1881. He was a prolific artist, he painted, did pencil sketches and carvings. He generally signed his art work in the bottom right had corner, but of course, not always. We know that many area residents were given or purchased art work from the starving artist between 1895 and the 1940s. Walt Monroe had family ties to Alpine County, Carson City, Virginia City, Carson Valley, Mason Valley, Tonopah and Bishop.
He was so prolific, we know many longtime area residents may have one or more in the attic or hanging in grandma’s house.
Last fall the Historical Society held a Walt Monroe art exhibit and reception at the Alpine County Museum where 16 of his paintings from private collections were exhibited for the first time. We know there are more out there. Recently someone purchased one of his painting at an area antique store.
The Alpine County Historical Society is holding another Walt Monroe art exhibit and reception on Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. We have located enough for this exhibit but our main goal is to find more paintings for future exhibits and for documentation.
If you have Walt Monroe paintings or other art work, please contact Shannon Hickey at 775-315-0697 or Alpine County Historical Society at P.O. Box 517 Markleeville, CA 96120
Alpine County Historical Society