BOZEMAN (AP) — Montana artist Gennie DeWeese, known for her landscape paintings and woodblock prints, has died. She was 86.
DeWeese died Monday afternoon surrounded by family at her studio south of Bozeman. Dahl Funeral Chapel confirmed her death.
DeWeese, whose works are displayed at museums across the Northwest, served as a mentor to a number of young artists in the state.
Born Genevieve Adams on Jan. 10, 1921, in Indianapolis, her first oil painting was of her dog when she was 12 years old.
She married Robert DeWeese in 1946 and they had five children — Cathie, Jan, Gretchen, Tina and Josh. Her husband died in 1990.
In 1995, DeWeese received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Montana State University and she and her late husband received the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts. The couple ran the DeWeese Gallery at their home in the Bozeman area for several years.
DeWeese was modest about her stature as an artist. In her own words she has left, ‘‘five great kids and a few good paintings.’’ She taught her children a love of the arts, a sense of social justice, an appreciation of the natural world and the importance of following their passions, her obituary said.
A memorial was planned for 11 a.m. Sunday at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, where some of her work will be displayed.