EDNA ALBRIGHT was born in Putnam County Ohio in 1868. She was married to Charles S. Albright a Greenville funeral director. Her interest in all the arts was lifelong and up into old age she gave lessons in painting, both on canvas and "china painting", which was an extremely popular art form in the early part of the twentieth century.
Mrs. Albright not only taught but also actively sold her artwork. Both of these activities are considered criteria for being considered a professional. Besides being an accomplished painter she was well known for her musical abilities both as a singer and on the piano. According to her obituary printed in the Greenville newspaper at her death in 1958 she was a member of the Greenville Art Guild and her reputation as a painter of floral arrangements was noted. (1868-1958)
CLARA ECKBERT HELM was born in 1876. The daughter of Henry Clay Helm and Celia Lavender lived in Greenville her whole life on East Main Street. Her brother was Gayles Helm who was connected with Second National Bank. Clara was an art student about 1870-1890 and she taught art privately.
ELIZABETH AUKERMAN was born in Palestine Ohio in 1897. Her parents were Lewis Aukerman and Lola Dickey Aukerman. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1916 and went on to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Elizabeth taught in Michigan and Virginia. On returning to Greenville she taught art privately. Painting was a lifelong interest.
The cover photograph and two of her paintings are owned by St. Paul's Episcopal Church and hang in their library. Little is known about her art training but from the photograph it is assumed that she gave art instruction at about the turn of the century.
J. HOWARD TRUMP was born October 8, 1916 on a farm near West Manchester Ohio just south of the Darke County line, He attended schools in Dayton, LaJunta, Colorado and Eaton Ohio. He moved to Greenville in 1931 and graduated from Greenville High School in 1934.
Howard began as a printers apprentice at the Columbus Blank Book Company. He married Pauline Augenstein in 1935. He spent the World War II years developing three-dimensional technical illustrations from blueprints, destined for the Department of the Navy.
In 1961, he had been superintendent of Universal Printing Company's printing plant for 14 years. He began painting in watercolor in his spare time. By 1984 he had painted approximately 1,000 watercolors; his paintings won many awards and included in private and corporate collections in the West Coast of Florida. Howard had two one-man shows in Greenville. The last one in September of 1984, in conjunction with the 59th anniversary of the graduating class of 1934. The show was held at the Anna Bier House and Studios-Director, Nancy Foureman.
Howard was a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Bexley Area Art Guild, Upper Arlington Art League, Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Ohio Realist Group. (1916-1986)