Ruth Bear Levy (1898 - 1994) was a Baltimore-based artist --aka "Teddy Bear" and Maryland's Grandma Moses. Primarily, she painted her memories of growing up in a coal mining town in the mountains of Western Maryland. She painted scenes of life in Baltimore at Lexington Market, crab feasts, and views of Guilford. Inspired by her childhood friend, Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove, she painted a few baseball paintings, too. Due to her talent, The Maryland Historical Society took an interest in her work and published a book she penned using her artwork as illustrations. She is an inspiration because she learned to paint after age 50 (studying with Baltimore-artist Herman Maril) and created art until she died at age 94. She is remembered by all who knew her for her sharp sense of humor, her zest for life, and her beautiful, impressionistic oil paintings.
In addition to that, she is my beloved grandmother.
Shared by Elizabeth Levy Malis
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