Amelia R. Coats
Amelia R. Coats (1877-1967) was an American printmaker known for her small, detailed etchings, mostly from the first quarter of the twentieth century. They consist primarily of Hawaiian landscapes featuring idyllic settings. They are typically undated and without information about the size of the edition. Kiawe and Canoes, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art is typical of her oeuvre.
Miss Coats definitely lived and worked in Honolulu in the 1930s, though she appears in arriving passenger rolls as early as August 1903, when she was aboard the SS Aorangi from Vancouver to Honolulu, and she purchased land in the Palolo Valley in 1905. In 1915, she was part of a large party from Honolulu's Trail and Mountain Club that traveled to Maui to hike up Haleakala, led by Alexander Hume Ford.
Her artwork was part of a group show of Honolulu Printmakers at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in November 1930, along with works by Alexander Samuel MacLeod, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, John Melville Kelly, and Kate Kelly. "Miss Amelia Coats" donated two prints to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1933. In a 1934 Hawaii directory, Amelia R. Coats is listed as a clerk for the United States Geological Survey at Spreckelsville on Maui.
- Severson, Don R., Finding Paradise, Island Art in Private Collections, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, 142-3.
- Don R. Severson, Finding Paradise, Island Art in Private Collections, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, 142-3.
- "Passengers Arrived," The Independent (Honolulu HI): (31 August 1903).
- "Waited All Night to Get Palolo Lots," The Hawaiian Star (24 April 1905): 1.
- "Lilo na Aina o Palolo," Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, 43(17)(28 April 1905).
- "Haleakala Hikers Had Hard Trip," The Maui News (9 January 1915): 5.
- "Honolulu Print Annual," Arts Magazine 6(1931): 20.
- Bulletin, Honolulu Academy of Arts(1933): 14.
- Post-Husted Directory Co., Honolulu and the Territory of Hawaii Directory (1934): 605.
- New York Public Library, catalog listing for "Amelia Coats."
- Honolulu Museum of Art, wall label, Kiawe and Canoes, accession 6044