1910 - 2008
Eleanor Curtis was born on Cape Ann to Martin and Eunice O'Hearn. She studied to be a teacher at the Salem Normal School. She graduated in 1930 and taught full time in Gloucester public schools until 1940 when she married Cape Ann artist Howard Curtis (1906-1989). Howard Curtis was the head of the art department in Gloucester's public schools. After her marriage she worked as a substitute teacher and private tutor. During the summers of 1951 and 1952, she studied drawing with George Demetrios who recommended that she take Virginia Demetrios' design course. Curtis enrolled in the design course in the fall of 1952 and was admitted to the Folly Cove Designers in 1953. Curtis was also a watercolorist and a poet.