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Painting by Clara Moore Howard
Clara Moore Howard (1882- 1961) painted a wide variety of subjects, but is best known for her impressionistic landscapes and seascapes. Her family lived on Love Lane in Mattituck, near the studio of Caroline M. Bell. Bell, already an accomplished artist, started teaching young artists, such as Clara and Clara's cousin, Marguerite Moore Hawkins, in the early 1920's. These young students formed a loose association that some have called the Peconic Bay Impressionists. The group, consisting mostly women, lived along the North Fork of Long Island. Occasionally they traveled together as a group around Peconic Bay, painting en plein air. Clara Howard also traveled with this group to Gloucester and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where she painted nautical scenes. Clara's work was on view at many art shows, including those at Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum. The Southampton History Museum has several of Clara's works on exhibit.