Rose M. Shave (1848-1925) of Nunda was a critically acclaimed painter, and was considered third in the U.S. for watercolor paintings of flowers in 1895. She began her career in 1876 as student at Ingham University in LeRoy, the first women's college in the United States.
After one year, she was promoted to a teacher, where she taught for 16 years, taking over as Director of the College of Fine Arts in 1887.
When Ingham closed in 1892, Rose returned to Nunda to join her sister, Belle, also an artist, at a new home and studio at 49 East Street. Unfortunately, Belle died the following year, but Rose continued to hold painting classes for all skill levels, including professional artists, in her home studio.
In 1986, the Nunda Historical Society (NHS) received a donation of 20 of Rose's paintings from her grand-nephew, which began the Museum's unique collection of her renowned works. The NHS, with assistance from grants, has worked to conserve the paintings and have added many more, making the Rose M. Shave Gallery a destination.
Information from Joan Schumaker, NHS