Gay Youse


Gay Youse, Artist
(August 6, 1927 ~ August 9, 1994)

As an artist, teacher, and gallery director, Gertrude Ann Youse, or Gay, as she was known to those close to her, devoted her considerable talent and energy toward enriching the artistic life of the Duxbury community. She moved to Duxbury during the late 1950s from Boston, where she had attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. As a student she was strongly influenced by Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, who came to the museum school to give a talk and whose work was then being featured in Boston museum shows.  Although she painted still lifes portraits and landscapes throughout her career, she was best known for her seascapes of the coast of Maine.

From 1958 until 1968, she taught both children's and adult classes at the Duxbury Art Association. Although she continued to teach privately out of her Church Street studio, Gay turned her attention to the Helen Bumpus Gallery in 1968, when she was asked to be its first gallery director, a position she held for over twenty years. Some of the better-known artists whose work she exhibited were Lloyd Lillie, Jason Berger, Alice Neel, Harold Tovish, Mariana Pineda, Lois Tarlow, Jack Wolfe, Penelope Jencks, and two of her former teachers from the museum school, David Aronson and Karl Zerbe.

In addition to seeking out the very best local and regional artists, Gay tried to encourage emerging talent among Duxbury High School students by showing their work in the gallery as well. Many of her former students have become working artists or art educators, including Virginia Freyermuth, who currently heads the art department in the Duxbury schools. Wanting to recognize the pivotal role she played in inspiring a new generation of artists, friends and former students established a perpetual scholarship in her name for a Duxbury High School graduate.