A Fond Farewell to Our Friend and Co-Founder

Melissa Swann Wagner, co-founder of the Northwest Papier Mâché Artists’ Guild and an accomplished artist in many mediums passed away last week.  We are grateful for knowing her and for her generous contributions to the guild.  Because she touched our lives in such an artful way, the effects of that connection will live on through us!  Still, she will be missed!  (I have not yet been able to find a better or more current photo of her than this one. It features our guild exhibit at Whitworth’s Kohler Gallery http://www.whitworth.edu/ many years ago.  Melissa is in the center wearing a white vest.  The reclining figure above her head is her piece titled “The Reader.”  It was purchased by and resides in the North Idaho College library with many other fine works of art you should visit if you get the chance.)North Idaho College

Melissa and other NWPMAG members and patrons at the Kohler Gallery

Melissa and other NWPMAG members and patrons at the Kohler Gallery

Link to a 2006 article about Melissa Swann Wagner in The Deer Park Dispatch http://www.deerparkdispatch.com/archive/?postID=265

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2 Responses to “A Fond Farewell to Our Friend and Co-Founder”

  1. Dick Swann Says:

    I’m her brother and I found you site by googling her name. She will be missed.

    Here’s a link to a few more prictues of her.


  2. rhea Says:

    Thank you for the link to more pictures of Melissa. Sorry it took me so long to post your comment and link, I just now found it amongst the spam. It was wonderful to hear stories about Melissa at her memorial celebration, especially from family members who have known her the longest. I know she will be remembered and thought of fondly for a long time to come!