Anna Althea Hills
Anna Althea Hills (January 28, 1882 – June 13, 1930) was an American plein expose painter who specialized in impressionist landscapes of the Southern California coast.
Hills attended Olivet College, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. After her schooling, she worked for Arthur Wesley Dow. Hills traveled in Holland and England, attended the Academie Julian and studied taking into account John Noble Barlow. She spent period in Lamorna Cove, home to many artists in the viewpoint of the 20th century , including Samuel Lamorna Birch, and was subsequent to her brother, Willie Hills, at Inn cottage in the 1911 England Census. After returning to the United States, Hills traveled to the west coast and she switched from interior figures to impressionist landscapes. Hills contracted in Laguna Beach, California where she opened a studio and taught.
Besides her painting, Hills was known for community activism. She was full of life with the Presbyterian church and ran the Sunday school. For six years, she was president of the Laguna Beach Art Association (founded in 1918). As president, it was Hills' strong advocacy that led to founding the Laguna Beach Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California in 1929. In addition, Hills urged her friend, the respected performer and critic Jennie V. Cannon, to Make at her summer house in Carmel-by-the-Sea a same organization and art gallery, which was eventually founded in 1927 as the Carmel Art Association and adopted verbatim the Laguna Beach preamble: “To encouragement the knowledge of and assimilation in art; to create a enthusiasm of co-operation and fellowship in the company of painter and public.” Two years earlier Hills had been privileged with a reception in Carmel.