Marie Goth was born in Indianapolis, IN on September 15, 1887. She had always wanted to be an artists and her father encouraged her. She studied art at the John Heron Art Institute in Indianapolis and at the Art Student League in New York City. Marie moved to Nashville, IN on 1923 to the family’s summer house. Her sister also lived there and later, V.J. Cariani joined them at their house, although neither was romantically involved with him. Due to town gossip about Cariani and Goth, he built his own house across the ravine from Marie’s house.
Marie enjoyed painting portraits and found that’s what she was the most talented at. She became the first woman in Indiana to paint an official portrait of the governor. Marie was an eccentric and didn’t spend much of her money. Instead she used her money to support her sister and parents when they needed it. She also left a generous amount to Brown County at her passing. Marie was one of the charter members of the Brown County Art Gallery Association and the Brown County Art Guild. Much of what she left went to these organizations. Marie died on January 9, 1975 from head injuries. The coroner guessed they were a result of her falling down the stairs at her cabin.
Letsinger-Miller, Lyn. The Artists of Brown County. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994. 105-114.
Nesbit, M. Joanne, ed., Barbara Judd, comp. Those Brown County Artists: The Ones Who Came the Ones Who Stayed the Ones Who Moved On. Nashville: Nana’s Book, 1993. 90-91.Brown County Art Colony
The Brown County Art Colony was formed in the early 1900s by artists who were attracted by the undisturbed picturesque landscape known as Peaceful Valley. T.C. Steele was the first to become a resident of the county when he purchased 200 acres near Belmont. Adolph Shulz is considered to be the founder of the Brown County Art Colony. He began visiting Brown County in 1908 and in 1917 became a permanent resident. Both Adolph Shulz and T.C. Steele influenced other artists and many began building cabins and moving to the area. Will Vawter and Gustave Baumann were among the first to make Brown County their home. Other artists such as Charles Dahlgreen, Lucie Hartrath, and L.O. Griffith came from Chicago and by the early 1930s there were at least eighteen artists with permanent homes in Brown County. Artists such as C. Curry Bohm, Edward K. Williams, Ada Walter Shulz, Carl Graf, V.J. Cariani, Gustav Baumann, Will Vawter, Dale Bessire, Georges LaChance, Marie Goth, Leota Loop, Adam Emory Albright, Olive Rush, and Alexis Fournier flourished and created the Brown County Art Colony nearly 100 years ago.
Letsinger-Miller, Lyn. The Artists of Brown County. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Nesbit, M. Joanne, ed., Barbara Judd, comp. Those Brown County Artists: The Ones Who Came the Ones Who Stayed the Ones Who Moved On. Nashville: Nana’s Book, 1993.
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