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Art

Elsie Miller Legum

After the devastating loss of her husband, Elsie created a new life for herself, becoming the chief buyer for Miller Brothers, her family's women's clothing business. A unique family trust established by her parents ensures extended family presence at Passover seders, Hanukkah celebrations and an annual vacation/reunion.

Frieda Piepsch Sondland

A designer of haute couture, Frieda Sondland used her creative skills to survive the Holocaust. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1921, she married Gunther Sondland when she was sixteen and a half years old. When she was seventeen, and pregnant with her first child, Frieda and her parents were forced to leave Germany for South America. Frieda supported herself and her daughter by working as a clothing designer in Montevideo, Uruguay. Eight years later, Gunther joined them. Frieda and Gunther moved to Seattle in 1953 to reunite with Gunther’s family who had emigrated there after the war. In Seattle, Frieda worked in the alterations department for both John Doyle Bishop, and Frederick and Nelson until she and Gunther opened their dry cleaning and alterations business in West Seattle. In 1957, their son, Gordon, was born. Since arriving in the United States, Frieda has become a beloved and active member of Seattle’s Jewish community.

Carolyn Blumenthal Danz

A Seattle native of Ashkenazic-German descent, Carolyn Danz grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. She was a lifelong member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the oldest Reform Congregation in the Pacific Northwest. Carolyn graduated in 1939 from the University of Washington with a BA in Fine Arts, married Jerry Taylor in 1940, and had two children. Jerry, diagnosed with MS early in their marriage, died in 1959. Carolyn supported her family by opening and running a dressmaking business. A skilled seamstress, she and her talented African American assistant, Maude, made beautiful clothing.

Sculptor and performance artist Hannah Wilke is born

March 7, 1940

"My heart is hard to handle, my art is too.” Sculptor Hannah Wilke

Death of artist and photograph editor Sally Fox

February 26, 2006

Sally Fox - "I am driven to try to document what women are really doing, so they won't be taken for granted."

Jeanette Ingberman, founder of Exit Art, is born

January 23, 1952

"You never walked away from a conversation with art curator Jeanette Ingberman without having learned something.”

“Soak-stain” artist Helen Frankenthaler is born

December 12, 1928

“The only rule is that there are no rules. Anything is possible." - Artist Helen Frankenthaler

Ruth Weisberg

Ruth Weisberg is Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. As an artist, Weisberg works primarily in painting, drawing, and large-scale installations. A particularly active exhibitor, she has had over 70 solo and 160 group exhibitions.

Joan Snyder

Joan Snyder’s introduction into the New York art world began with a series of “Stroke” paintings completed in the 1970s. These paintings were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial, and were the basis of her first solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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