Biographical / Historical
Rose Labrie (1916-1986) was an author, illustrator of children's books, journalist, gallery director and self-taught "primitive" artist in Portsmouth, N.H. Born in Boston, Mass., Labrie moved to Vermont at the age of two. Her childhood memories of West Hartford, Vt. formed the basis for children's stories and paintings. She attended the University of New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin and studied creative writing. Her early career was in journalism. In the 1960s she turned to painting and writing on historical monuments, especially lighthouses. She contributed to magazines such as "The Clarion," 1984, "Down East," 1956- 1969, "Vermont Life," 1953- 1979, "Yankee," 1962- 1976, and was the author of "Dancer's Image" (1982), "King, The Leprechaun Pony" (1979), "Nubble Light" (1979) and "Randy, the Rooster," (1985). Labrie also was founder and first director of the Strawberry Bank Children's Festival, later known as the Prescott Park Arts Festival, in Portsmouth.