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It is with great sorrow that we share with you the passing of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin on Saturday, January 8, 2005.

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Elsie Dinsmore Popkin received her B.F.A. in painting from Cornell University. In 1975 she became the first Artist-in-Residence at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, in Winston-Salem, NC, and was named Winston-Salem Artist of the Year in 1989. Popkin has been a Fellow at Yaddo and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In June 2002 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake National Park, as part of the Park’s centennial celebration. Her pastel paintings of views from the windows of Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum was the focus of her show at that museum in June 2003.

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Popkin has been working in pastels since she was a teenager. She turned from figure to landscape twenty years ago, painting in situ to capture her response to the intensity of color and light of each particular place. Each summer she returns to the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Maine, to teach a pastel workshop and to pay homage to Childe Hassam by painting Celia Thaxter's garden and the rocky shores of Appledore Island.

Popkin's pastel paintings are in many public and private collections and have been featured in numerous art books, including Creative Painting with Pastel, Pastel Solutions, and Collin's Artist's Manual. She is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women. Her work can be seen at Uptown Gallery, NYC, Christa Faut Gallery, Cornelius, NC, and Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC.


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