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Life was difficult during the second world war. Edith married a young army recruit and together they had six children. In 1958 her husband died suddenly and shortly after she suffered the loss of her eldest child. Her art helped her to cope. Sketches of her children on brown paper bags (not only because that was all she could afford but also because they provided the appropriate skin tone) earned admission and scholarship to Pratt Institute where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and graduated with Honors.

Edith raised a family, earned a Master of Science degree in Education (Special Education), taught for 20 years, and retired from the New York City Public School system. She studied art at New York’s Art Students League with Joe Hing Lowe, Peter Cox, and with friend and mentor Flora Giffuni who is the founder of the Pastel Society of America.

After moving to Cincinnati in 2005, she exhibited her work with Art Beyond Boundaries and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, attended Art Academy workshops at Essex Studios with Carin Hebenstreit, and practiced her craft by participating in weekly sketch group sessions at Cincinnati Art Club. She taught aspiring artists at all levels of ability and skill and painted portraits and provided a treasure-trove of art from her collection of art to to clients and friends over her 60 years fine art practice.

For more information about the Edith Collection, contact Manuel Susarret, 513.706.9779



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