William Frates Biography

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William Frates (1896-1969) Painter, etcher. Born in Hayward, CA in 1896. Frates first studied art in San Francisco with Wm Otto Emerson. He was active as an artist in the San Francisco Bay area from the 1920s while maintaining a studio-home in Hayward. While returning from a long motor trip in the Northwest, he died in Myrtle Creek, OR on Aug. 5, 1969. Equally facile with oil, watercolor, and pastel, he painted landscapes of the Mother Lode country and the San Francisco Bay area. Member: Bay Region AA; Hayward AA (cofounder); Mother Lode AA; Diablo AA; Fremont AA; Santa Cruz Art League; SWA (pres.) Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1924-39; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934, 1938; GGIE, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1939; Alameda Co. Fair, 1948 (1st prize); Diablo AA, 1969 (1st prize); Religious Art Festival (Monterey), 1969 (1st prize). In: Hayward Public Library; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento); Salinas City Hall.

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