Lorraine Alexander, award-winning painter, collage artist of Jenkintown, has died at 100

Lorraine (nee Rosenau) Alexander, an Elkins Park native, recognized painter, collage artist, art advocate, and volunteer, died Thursday, March 7, of congestive heart failure at the Rydal Park and Waters retirement center, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was 100 years old.

Mrs. Alexander studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the 1940s and the Barnes Foundation in the 1960s before cofounding the ArtForms artist-run cooperative in Manayunk, her obituary said.

She also served as president at the Cheltenham Art Center (now the Cheltenham Center for the Arts), from which she won a 1971 prize. One of her works was published in the 1997 history of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, her obituary said.

She created, sold, and displayed art pieces at shows and exhibitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and elsewhere for decades.

“She often combined painted landscapes and forms with bits of handmade paper to create scenes from her own travels that featured contrasting colors and distinctive tones and textures,” her obituary said.

For a 2022 talk at Rydal Park and Waters given by Alexander, you can watch below. Mrs. Alexander’s obituary can be found here.

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