Helen Abrahams Blum earned a reputation as a talented painter before discovering a passion for all aspects of theater, from set design to directing. Blum graduated from the School of Design for Women in Philadelphia in 1906 before studying at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1909–1912. She exhibited her paintings in galleries around the country, most notably at the Philadelphia Art Club in 1909 and the Wanamaker Art Show in 1910. In 1915 the Fellowship of the Academy of Fine Arts bought a still life of hers for their permanent collection. Blum then shifted her focus to theater, designing sets and costumes for the Little Theater Movement and directing and acting in plays and pageants for various Jewish organizations in Philadelphia. She also volunteered for a variety of causes as a member of the Rodeph Shalom Sisterhood and an activist for the international peace movement.
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