Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Inside CMC, April 2002

Portraits by Pike

The Works of Marion Hewlett Pike Visit the Athenaeum

There is a name behind the faces that currently adorn the walls in the Athenaeum, and if you've not yet heard, that name is Marion Hewlett Pike.

Pike, who died four years ago on Feb. 4,1998, was a third-generation native Californian and a distant relative to both Kit Carson and Benjamin Rush. She had lived in Los Angeles and in Paris, though she traveled frequently across the Atlantic, visiting with friends and family while embarking on new adventures in her artistry.

The exhibition of more than 50 of Pike's paintings at CMC is a rare treat, as it reflects one of the largest collections of portraiture by a single artist exhibited anywhere. It also happens to be the first public exhibition of Pike's work, says longtime friend and artist Barbara Beretich, who arranged the Ath exhibit.