WAL History: On Friday, September 22, 1933, the Women's Art League was born. It was organized at the home of Florence Richardson, 215 Rose Blvd, in Akron, with 20 artists in attendance.
The following month, October 20, 1933, a meeting was held at Phillips Hall, the University of Akron. The constitution was drawn up and Florence Richardson became the first President.
Meetings took place each Friday and the group painted and sketched. Charter members consisted of artists whose work was in the Spring May Show of 1934 held at the Akron Art Institute.
These artists were:
Eva Allen, Louise Barder,
Jane Barnhardt, Zella Boedicker,
Arta Bucher, Katherine Calvin, Helen Clay,
Inez Crisp, Julia Delzell, Amy Goehring,
Ruth Oenslager, Lucille Poe, Grace Rankin, Florence Richardson, Margaret Roberts,
Gertrude Seiberling, Blanche Stewart,
Germaine Verheyden, Katherine Waite,
and Louise Zental.
To unite the women artists of Akron who are interested in the advancement of the arts, who desire to be of service to the community in a way that merits the recognition, respect, and support of the community. One of our yearly projects is to provide a scholarship to a female artist from an Akron area high school.
We are primarily an active artists group, with at least two member/juried shows annually. Participation in the Akron Kaleidescope Show is also one of our membership perks.