Edith Valentine Smith was born in Iowa on Valentine’s Day in 1883. After an early marriage that ended in divorce, she met and married John Tenbrink. Edith and John moved from Dodge City, Iowa to Los Angeles in 1920 to start a new life. According to the research of Kerry Noonan, Ph.D. and Stephen C. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., once the Tenbrinks were established in L.A., they founded the “Ancient Order of the Golden Precept.” The order was based on ideas they called “The Seven Keyes of the Masters.” The Tenbrinks travels to India and Egypt informed their approach – an intriguing mix of Western and Eastern thought. Edith’s paintings were used to illuminate principles that would bring adherents abundance through “faith, power, wisdom, progress, health, wealth, and happiness.” Tenbrink started painting in the early 1920s and continued well into the 1940s.
The Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) will show a selection of the visionary paintings of Edith Valentine Tenbrink (1883-1957) in the show, “The Mind’s Eye” from September 3 – 25. Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council (MBCAC) member artists are contributing their own works that compliment the Tenbrink collection, and explore the metaphysical topic, “The Mind’s Eye.” An informative gallery talk is scheduled at JTAG during ArtWalk on September 10th at 7:00 pm and is open to the public. There are plans for the show to travel to The Joshua Tree Retreat Center for view in October.
Katie Nartonis runs JTAG (Joshua Tree Art Gallery) and is an art and design specialist, writer, curator, and filmmaker who lives in Yucca Valley. Her passion is telling the stories of California artists and is inspired by the many creatives who live here in the high desert communities.