My Mom was an amazing person. A trained pianist. An accomplished artist, she drew & painted whatever came to mind or was in sight- many of which were exhibited & purchased! She was a graduate of Philadelphia College of Art & initially worked in advertising & commercial design. This training would later serve her well in a variety of works, including the Levindale Ladies Auxiliary & a children’s coloring book for Sinai Hospital ( now owned by the Jewish Museum of MD, after being shown as a part of exhibit). She shared her skills with many students-aged 4 to 94- at senior classes for Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, the YWCA, & at our home (including my first grade teacher!).
Mom was more than that- warm & nurturing, even my friends would come to talk with her about their problems. They respected her so much, they even attended her Memorial Service. She was gentle & kind to all. Our house was constantly filled with people of all walks of life, religions, ethnicities, races. And this was in the turbulent 60s! She was a wonderful example to me every day, teaching more than tolerance, but listening and understanding. I became an artist & art teacher through her example!
Unfortunately, I lost her to cancer in 1969, while still an adolescent. Even then, she was busy with life until she couldn’t be- teaching, volunteering, & beginning graduate school at MD Institute College of Art.
Shared by Heidi Schloss — BMA Member
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