BIOGRAPHY AT 100 YEARS OLD
CATHERINE M. RICHTER
May 15, 1988
Born in La Veta, Colorado, May 15, 1888
Schooling: Through high school in Grand Junction, CO; PdB Colorado State Teachers College, Greeley; three years Chicago Art Institute; Gregg Business College, Chicago night school; two summer sessions USC in design under Douglas Donaldson; studied with Frederick Taubes and Milford Zornes; five months in Instituto de Allende, Mexico in watercolor, tapestry, weaving, lithography, and Spanish.
Teaching: Three years in Normal School of Colorado at Gunnison (which became Western State College and now Western State Colorado University), Gunnison, CO; one year in Drake University, Des Moines, IA; six years Polytechnic High School and Night School, Long Beach, CA.
Books and Publications: Illustrated "5 Steps to Spanish" and illustrations for book for set of records by Eva Robinson; drawings for 12 sets of films "Folk Tales Children Love" for Long Beach schools; five lithographs in Mexico; illustrated book for Paul Braillier; two books for Lippincott Publishing Co. including Bibi The Baker’s Horse and Two Young Corsicans by Anna Bird Stewart; one book for Paul Blackwell; two books for De Vorss Publishing Co.; catalog of shells for Coral Island shop in Dana Point; hundreds of sets of cards and notepaper for greetings for homes, churches, colleges, business firms; lettering of illuminated scrolls and mottoes, and bookplates; posters and credit cards for old Playhouse; was artist for Laguna Playhouse Call Board 14 years, with help art-wise and on costumes; other art work for community posters for garden and house tours; made designs for Pilgrim Hooked Rug Shop, Long Beach; did many travel booklets, privately printed, of countries visited.
Woodcarving: Cabinet, bookends, frames, bag handles, and other small articles; panel for Lodge Room and several symbolic drawings for Lomita CA Masons; 2 over-the-fireplace mottoes; 2 Dutch-door tops; bag tops.
Design: Won national contest for cover of "Design" magazine; won national contest for National League of American Pen Women; did annual cover for "History of Long Beach Branch."; won in drawing and lettering contest in National League of American Pen Women.
Painting: Three murals, one for children's room in Congregational Church, Long Beach; 1 mural for music room of cellist, L.A. Philharmonic; 1 mural for Religious Science Church, Redondo Beach, CA. Designed sculptured mural for facade of San Pedro Library. Used ulla prima oils, many watercolors, also pen and ink.
Books: Leprechaun book and Laguna Beach children's coloring book. Weaving: Draperies for living room; stoles and afghans, colonial style; purses and cushions and bags; 8-foot tapestry, Norwegian transparent style, for Pilgrim Hooked Rug Shop, Long Beach.
Exhibitions: Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Santa Monica with husband in Padua Hills, Laguna Beach in Laguna Federal. Savings & Loan, and in Playhouse Foyer; show in Touch of Latin Shop, Watercolors of Mexico, Laguna Beach; in various Penwomen shows; Laguna Museum of ,Art; in Prescott, AZ. Sold many watercolors from trips to foreign lands, landscapes, and of people. Sold some lithographs made in Mexico
Awards: Pen Woman of the Year in 1986 for the Long Beach Branch of the National League of American Pen Women; Career Achievement Award at the Second Annual Outstanding Women in South Orange County Awards, April 24, 1987; won awards for work at California State Fair several years in carving, weaving, and jewelry.