Dateline: January 9, 2003
painter Olive Freda Vandruff Bugbee of Clarendon died here on Saturday,
January 4, 2003, at the age of 94.
services will be held at 2 p.m. January 15 in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall
at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon
at Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, on April 17, 1908, to Ross and Mame Buskirk
Vandruff, she spent much of her childhood traveling in the Southwestern
United States with her geologist father and her mother. In Chicago, she
studied with painter Edmund Giesbert at the University of Chicago.
She also studied with Chicago sculptors Elisabeth H. Hibbard and
Frederick C. Hibbard in the mid 1940s, eventually becoming an assistant to
them. Vandruff moved to San Antonio in 1931, where she became an assistant
to sculptor Pompeo Coppini.
1937, she married the engraver Charles F. Anderson. In 1950 she operated a sheep ranch near Kerrville. While in
the Hill Country, she became a renowned painter of animals and birds and
was often commissioned to paint pet and horse portraits. She met Western
artist H.D. Bugbee of Clarendon in 1960, marrying him the following year
and relocating to Clarendon.
Bugbee’s death in 1963, Vandruff succeeded him as curator of art at the
Panhandle-Pains Historical Museum until her retirement in 1982. After
retiring, she still volunteered at the Museum, driving the 150 mile round
trip from Clarendon nearly every day until November 2002.
worked in several media, including pastel, watercolor, casein, and oil.
She was a member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio
and began exhibiting there in the early 1930s.
By the early 1960s, she had had numerous solo exhibitions.
Vandruff’s paintings are found in private collections across the
her patrons were former President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Governor
Dolph Briscoe. Her public
commissions consist of murals in Texas and Oklahoma, including a mural of
Palo Duro Canyon for the First National Bank of Amarillo, now Bank of
America. In 1976, she was included in the landmark exhibition, “The
Women Artist, in the American West, 1860-1960,” in Fullerton,
California. Recently, she was
included in the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945.
memorial exhibition of Vandruff’s paintings will be presented in the
Bugbee Gallery at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.
The exhibition will include works of art from her personal
collection as well as from the Museum’s.
body will be cremated. Arrangements
were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of
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