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Sutton, Ruth Haviland

(1900-1960)
A member of the Haviland china family based in Springfield, Sutton played a crucial role in the growth of the artist colony on Nantucket. In the 1920’s she studied art at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts in Philadelphia and at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City. In the 1930’s she attended the Art Students League of New York. She was also active in the Springfield Artists Guild, the Springfield Art League, and helped found the Boston Printmakers. On Nantucket, she studied under Frank Swift Chase. Sutton began summering on island in 1924, and in 1943 she purchased a number of properties on Commercial Wharf that had been refurbished into artist studios by Florence Lang. After modernizing them, she rented the others to members of the island’s artist colony. In 1950 she remodeled the Candle House Studio into a home and adjoining studio for herself. In addition to providing housing for artists, Sutton encouraged the growth of exhibition opportunities on the island; an ardent supporter of the Nantucket annual summer Sidewalk Art Show. In 1947 Sutton journeyed through Central America and the island of Antigua, and several of her travel sketches reside in the PC. Four portraits in PC: Louis Davidson of her sketching Springfield newspaper (her hometown) shot of her sketching Sutton on Postcard, the card mentioned in her article "Waterfront Studios" in a 1958 issue of the NHA's Historic Nantucket; here she's sketching on the lawn by bulkhead of the Easy Street Gallery Sutton on Sidewalk Art Show parade float sponsored by Island Service.