W. Elmer Schofield

Painting of the Lower Falls – 1915

W. Elmer Schofield, “Lower Falls”

W. Elmer Schofield, “Lower Falls,” Memorial Art Gallery collection

When Director George Herdle invited artists to exhibit their work at the Memorial Art Gallery, he often included an invitation for them to visit Rochester, give a talk, and meet potential patrons. Such was the case with Walter Elmer Schofield’s 1915 exhibition. In March 2015, he came to Rochester, spent time braving cold weather in various locales and painted at least two canvases. As he stood by his easel on the Driving Park Bridge overlooking the Lower Falls of the Genesee River, a new photographer happened upon him and took his picture for the March 3, 1915 newspaper.

Elmer Schofield 1915

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Wednesday, March 3, 1915

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