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Fern Isabel Coppedge

Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1888, Fern Coppedge began art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and, then, went to New York to study with William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League. She studied with John Fabian Carlson and Henry Snell and attended classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She eventually settled in Pennsylvania, living both in Philadelphia and New Hope, where she painted many of the scenes for which she is best known. She had met Daniel Garber, a New Hope painter, at the Pennsylvania Academy, and she moved to New Hope in Bucks County in 1920 with his encouragement. For 30 years, she traveled between there and her studio in Philadelphia. Coppedge is best known for her snow scenes of New Hope, Pennsylvania, painted with a distinctive and vibrant palette.