Paintings donated to Hood

Mary Atwell, left, archivist and CDS manager for Hood College, accepts a portrait of Florence Doub by Helen Smith from Maritta Perry Grau, center, Frederick Art Club historian, and Marilyn Bagel, TFAC president. Doub was head of the art department at Hood for many years and founded TFAC in 1897.

The Frederick Art Club, founded in 1897, recently donated to the Hood College library six early 20th-century paintings by TFAC members. They include Helen Smith’s portrait of Florence Doub and her painting of City Hall; a snow scene by Florence Doub; two still lifes by Bessie Hargett Clapp; and a pastoral scene by an anonymous TFAC member.

Smith was the second president of TFAC, one of the oldest civic art clubs in the United States, Doub was head of the art department at Hood College for many years, taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and was TFAC’s president for its first 35 years.

From the beginning, TFAC has focused on teaching and practicing art and generating appreciation of art in the Frederick community.

“We knew that donating these paintings to Hood would allow them to be seen by a much broader sector of the community — a part of our mission to inform, celebrate, and promote the arts. As part of this mission, we sponsor post-secondary art scholarships to Frederick County students, and we are in the midst of a public arts project funding a greater-than-life-size outdoor sculpture to honor Frederick native and internationally known fashion designer Claire McCardell (1905–1958). The statue will be placed in the Carroll Creek Linear Park,” noted Marilyn Bagel, current president of TFAC. “Claire attended Hood College before moving to New York City to pursue an education in fashion design.”

More information about the Frederick Art Club and about the McCardell project can be found at

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