HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Warree Carmichael LeBron

Warree Carmichael LeBron in her Coosa County studio.

During the year 2018, we will begin recognizing individual Dixie Art Colony artists on their birthdays. Unfortunately, we do not have this information for all of the artists that participated. As we acquire new information, we will add more Dixie Art Colony artists to this list. This year we begin by recognizing Warree Carmichael LeBron.

On January 23, 1910, DAC artist Warree Carmichael (LeBron) was born in Elba, Alabama. She was the daughter of Sallie Boyd and Judge Malcom Smith Carmichael.

Warree and her family later moved to Montgomery, where she studied art under Kelly Fitzpatrick. Warree continued her studies at Sullins College, Huntingdon College, the Art Students League, Columbia University and Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France, from which she received a diploma. She exhibited with the Alabama Art League, the Georgia Art Association, the Southern States Art League, and the Birmingham Art Club. Warree is best known for her paintings of the people and places of rural Alabama and Georgia. In 1933, Warree Carmichael and Kelly Fitzpatrick co-founded the Dixie Art Colony.

In November 1934, she married Adolphe LeBron and later gave birth to three children, Sarah (Sally), Archie, and Malcom. Her first child Sally, was often the subject of her paintings. In 1953, the family moved to Coosa County, where she later retired. After the demise of the Dixie Art Colony, she ran her own colony on the family property near Rockford, offering classes for a week during the summer until well into the 1960s. During the 1950s Warree taught Art and French at Sylacauga High School. Warree passed away on March 2, 1998.

Below are a few examples of Warree Carmichael LeBron's work.

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