Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, August 13, 1916

LottaCrabtreeNowanEnthusiasticPaiTells ofInterest in BirthLotta Crabtree, actress, recently conceived the idea that all Art is searching for Genius—therefore, she has answered the call.As a result, she is now intensely interested in art, in the “movies” andin babies!No, she is not interested in babies for art’s sake, but she has become an ardent advocate of birth control. More of this later, however.At present, the versatile Miss Crabtree is an enthusiastic apostle of beauty. One must consider her just now as an artist—not of the boards, but the kind that paints pictures—and good pictures, at that.iMost persons can do a few things well, but Miss Crabtree is one of thefew who does many things well.Miner’s daughter, actress, financier, real estate operator, theatrical magnate, owner and racer of blooded horses, vegetarian, and lastly—an artist of unusual ability, no one but the irrepressible Lotta could have demonstrated such all-around genius in one lifetime.In Shore Art ColonyiFired %dth the resolve to prove her artistic ability to an unbelieving world, Lotta is now exercising her talent in the exclusive art colony at East Gloucester, Mass.When the Post reporter called on her last week he found a woman who still retains her physical attractions and the vivacity of manner which proved so charming during the days of her theatrical career.Domiciled in a quaint little bungalow at Rocky Nook, Miss Lotta employs her time painting pictures of the beautiful scenes along the waterfront of historic Gloucester.To many of her old friends, who remember her for the extraordinary ability she showed in “Topsy.” “Bam Willoughby,” “Musette,” “Zip,” “Bob,” “The Little Detective” and other plays, her talent as a painter of pictures will come as a complete surprise.We have her own word for it t^at she herself was surprised to discover that she had talent of this kind. As an artist on canvas, her career has not been long, but her ability is unusual.Always gifted with the faculty ofX y:;::Lotta Crabtree, the old-time actress,operator and financier, is now an at East Gloucester.owner of blooded horses, real estate aspiring artist in the exclusive colonyof anything that came to her attention, this gift stood her in good stead when she was an actress. Since she has turned her efforts towards painting this faculty has again proved useful.Of Impressionistic School^ t __^ i: a.iMiss Crabtree is of the impressionistic school. Not the type that slaps a dauh 6t paint on canvas and calls it a picture, hut of the type .that believes Inis simple in composition, but rich in ; life and coloring, and, by the magic ! of the brush, transferring a real bit ofI nature onto canvas, j The walls of her studio bear evidence that she has the necessary magic in | brush and hand to picture the many beauteous spots nearby. Garden gates, i fishing vessels, sqnny coves, surf-clad I rocks, flowers and lit*le children all i yield their beauties to her skillful and“I love this work,” she vouchsafed, with a gesture typical of the days when she was much In the public eye. “It is so delightful to wander about at will and record with my brush the many beautiful spots I find.“Nature has, indeed, been good to man and given him many beautiful things to see. In my humble way, 1 want to paint some of them that a few-of these wonderful scenes may endure.“It is hard for me to tell whether my pictures have merit or not. My friends are kind enough, to say that they do, but I know practically nothing of the technique of painting. It is hard for me to follow the restrictions laid down by others. My nature— perhaps it is the artistic temperament— tells me when a thing is beautiful and I cannot rest until I have expressed my appreciation of that beauty.“I am a faithful apostle of beauty— whether in painting or in other lines. Perhaps that is why I admire the motion pictures so much.Movies Demand BeautyUntil this summe almost impossible, she made her plans near the salt wat€ plete rest. Today tion is occupied b she has ♦ banished j ness. ’ *She deplores the expressed her tha I country was at pea lie with the mothe desolate* by the n it has been with she has heard of villages, quaint ca grown castles in sc was’ once acquaint destroyed by shell-Her plans for the uuc^rtaiij, sHe sallt; beautiful home at N. J., is occupie friend of hers whlt; her to return thereshe ifc, not sure tfc terests will permit“Oh, yes, I’m a ‘movie’ fan! I think motion pictures are wonderful. They call for so much real lability. One who achieves success in this work must be a real artist. Also, they must be beautiful.“My great regret is that the cinematograph did not exist in my day. I should have liked to take a part In the movies—it would have been so helpful to. me in learning how I appeared to others.“The motion picture is like a great spot-light, thrown on the stage of life. It picks out and illuminates the dramatic elements in the human soul. Its art is essentially impressionistic, for it portrays the high-lights of life.“No, I haven’t forgotten the legitimate stage, r still have all my old love for it, and, as I look back, f feel that if I was at any time able to bring the light of laughter to some poor man or woman struggling in the darkness, I have been amply repaid for any effort it cost me.“1 still like to go to the theatre—and I like to see talented actors and actresses. But, if wre can’t have the talent, then I want to see the beauty. Allactresses should be beautiful and all actors fine-appearing men. Given these things, and we can overlook many short-comings in talent.”Miss Crabtree is as full of life as a debutante. She moves about as actively as a girl of lfi, and takes a livelyinterest in all of the affairs cf theday. In spite of advancing years, she is still capable of taking an active part in her many business interests,• Favors BiiShe takes an absa news of the day favor of birth cont “I want to go o that I bebeve in exclaimed with fie sizing her remarks mated gestures whi when on the stage. “Birth control issubject than the I men and women ^ spreading this kno great work—a woni ture generations. I generations that ci for its advaneemen ! “Think of the polt;: brought unwillinglyeke out a miserab hospitals and asyli to suffer untold through no fault ol ir. squalor, deprive of life, i “The people who lt;j control are ignorar ing of the subject, worse than none harms the innocen ject of birth contro spread interest thn and will1 keep that our legislators are favorable action 01Her EvemThe career of Mb stranger than fictt York she went UM ! A 1 . M MB « t 4 V. 2 A A 0 1 A r . A Va « V*Wit* iclmu fA