THE GALLERY SEEKS A PHOTO, BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND ARTWORK BY JAMES SCOTT. info@GalleryofWisconsinArt.com
BORN: Sept 3, 1889 in Racine, Wisconsin
DIED: March 30, 1967 in Lakewood, Colorado
James Scott was born in Racine Wisconsin and his father was a teamster laborer. Growing up he had two brothers and two sisters. He attended Racine College of Fine Art and later the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1913, after the Art Institute he landed in Milton New York, which is on the Hudson River. Here he became involved in an art colony founded by a Danish artist from his hometown of Racine Wisconsin, named Anders Anderson. Anderson named the colony Elverhoj, Danish for “hill of the elves.”
Other members of the group included Ralph Pierson an etcher and Joe Popelka a silversmith. Two other artists, Otto Bacher a potter and Will Low Bacher a designer and painter, both associated with the crafts guild known as White Cloud Farm in nearby Orange County, were also charter members.
All of these artists lived at the colony in Milton NY and their works were exhibited in a gallery that Anderson operated in nearby Poughkeepsie New York. As Elverhoj became more established the name was changed to the Hudson Highlands Art Associatio