1917 - 1933, Mabel George Haig

Looking Back, 1917 – 1933

Mabel George Haig (1894 – 1977), and her husband Myron, moved to Whittier, California in 1914. Mabel pursued her art, becoming involved with the art colony in Laguna Beach. 

She became close friends with Anna Hills, who cofounded the Laguna Beach Art Association with Edgar Payne in 1918.  Mabel exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery at least 28 times, beginning in 1921.  

Mabel Haig developed as a water color artist, studying with William Lees Judson, Helena Dunlap, Eleanor Colburn, Anna Hills, and Millard Sheets. She was accepted into The California Watercolor Society, one of the first 20 members, in 1923.  She cofounded the Whittier Art Association & Gallery in 1934, during the depths of the Great Depression.  The Whittier Art Gallery was designated an historic landmark in 2018.

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                                                                                                   Photo courtesy of the Haig Family