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Santa Rita Hotel invitation 1938

The E. A. Smith Archive


attn: Steven


Invitation to Tea at GWU in honor of Mrs. A.Y. Smith 1931


About this website...

Welcome to the E. A. Smith Archive.  This website features memorabilia from a collection of the artists' papers which remain in family hands. Newly digitized images of her paintings, photographs, documents and other emphemera are posted as they become available.

We are gathering details on paintings by Effie Anderson Smith to be included in our forthcoming catalogue raisonné , so we're always interested to hear about any E. A. Smith (Mrs. A. Y.) paintings, photos, letters or other related items you own or have seen. Your comments and questions are invited.

150th birthday exhibits

The Artist's Historic Home in the old Pearce mining camp will be OPEN to the General Public this Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday Nov. 29th & Saturday Nov. 30th  as  12 of Effie's most iconic desert paintings will be on display in the rooms where they were completed during the 1930s.

It has been over 80 years since Effie opened her home for a public exhibit of her art works, and thanks to Commonwealth Silver & Gold the former home of Effie and A.Y. Smith will be OPEN - 2 days only - for this rare opportunity to view these paintings in the surroundings that inspired them.  

Effie's life as an artist was inextricably intertwined with her husband's work as President of the old Commonwealth Mine, so as you visit the former Smith Home you are stepping into one of Arizona's most fascinating moments in mining history, as the legendary Commonwealth was among the Arizona Territory's most profitable claims.  An exhibit of historic photos of Commonwealth Mine and mining memorabilia will also be on display in the house, which still serves today's Commonwealth Mine as its local office.

It's FREE ! - Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Address: 1494 E. School Road, Pearce, AZ - adjacent to Pearce Elementary School.

Reviving Effie's legacy

ANN JAPENGA continues her wonderful series CALIFORNIA DESERT ART with a very encouraging article about Effie's art, and our efforts to restore greater understanding and appreciation of Effie's artistic legacy.

Effie's Early Life in Arkansas

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS History and Culture  now includes an updated biographical sketch on Effie, including recently uncovered facts about her youth, in and around the towns of Nashville, Washington and Hope, in Southwest Arkansas.

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Effie's Life, in Brief...

 1869: Born near Nashville, Arkansas.

 1884: At 15 Effie is painting landscapes.

 1890: Weds W.M. Spencer in Hope, Ark.

 1891: Effie becomes a widow at age 21.

 1894-95: Teaches school in Deming, NM.

 1895-96: Weds A.Y. Smith, settles in Pearce.

 1904-28: Travels to CA for art studies.

 1907: Art becomes solace after death of baby girl.

 1914-16: Studies in Pasadena & Laguna Beach.

 1927-30: Notoriety of Grand Canyon works.

 1929: Fire at Smith home, some works lost.

 1931: Exhibits in major Eastern Cities.

 1931: Beloved husband A.Y. Smith dies.

 1932-45: Effie's most prolific years as artist. 

 1942: Effie unveils new series on Desert Flora.

 1945: Starts art discussion class in Douglas.

 1948: Effie begins painting Coronado Trail series.

 1949: 80th birthday retrospective in Douglas

 1951: Moves to AZ Pioneers' Home in Prescott.

 1953: Effie ceases painting due to vision issues. 

 1955: Death claims Effie - Age 85.

Exhibition Catalogue

An Exhibition Catalogue is now available from our 2012 Arizona Statehood Centennial exhibit in E-Book (PDF) format. We are happy to provide a copy to interested collectors, art historians, dealers and appraisers.

Direct inquiries to: E.A. Smith Archive

Terms of Use...

The contents of this website are made available for educational and research purposes, and for the private personal non-commercial enjoyment of individuals wishing to learn more about the life and art of Effie Anderson Smith. Please do not copy, distribute, or publish these materials in any manner. Questions or comments?  Please contact us. Copyright 2011-2019. EASmith Archive.