Arlene Hooker Fay

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Arlene Hooker Fay

950.00

Native American Child

Gouache
6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Signed Lower Right

Inventory ID: DH164

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Arlene Hooker Fay was born in Great Falls on Nov. 21, 1933, to William and Esther Hooker. She lived her first five years on a farm outside Highwood, before moving to Great Falls. Arlene contracted polio in August 1948 just before her sophomore year and was confined to a wheelchair ever since. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1951, taking classes on the first floor, as there was no elevator. She was an impressionistic painter of the Plains Indian specializing in portraiture. She began drawing as a child, painting a commissioned portrait at fifteen and had a painting reproduced at eighteen. Arlene used her talent in art as therapy while working at an office jobs.

After moving to Browning with her husband, she began doing Indian portraits and soon she was sought as a professional artist. She became noted for her warm portrayal of Indians and was inducted into the Blackfeet Tribe.  Unable to volunteer in the community she donated much art to be sold for various charities including Bash (Building a Scholastic Heritage) for the College of Great Falls, the Gift of Life, Big Brothers and Sisters, St. Thomas Children's Home, the C.M. Russell Museum, the Ad Club for their scholarship program and food bank drive, and raffled two paintings for $7,500 which helped get the Crimestoppers program started in Montana. She was an award winning member and one of the founding members of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, a three time People's Choice Winner and a Best of Show Winner at the C. M. Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana. In recent years she had experienced pain and rapidly increasing weakness from post-polio syndrome. Arlene Hooker Fay decided her own fate in 2001.