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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.

Cornell Daily Sun, May 4, 2005 - text

Popkin '58 Remembered
April 04, 2005
By Samira Chandwani
Sun Staff Writer

A remembrance event was held yesterday morning at the Johnson Museum of Art in honor of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin '58. Arranged by the Museum and Cornell Plantations, friends, family and colleagues gathered to commemorate the life and work of a talented and dynamic artist and activist. Popkin, 68, passed away in early January from complications with her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Popkin was a pastel artist, well known for her lush and vivid landscapes. A pamphlet given at the performance quoted Artist Amy Funderbuck, who once wrote in Domicile Magazine that "Popkin was probably the most prolific artist since Van Gogh." She painted numerous landscapes of North Carolina and painted on location in New York, Japan and Taiwan. A resident of Winston-Salem, NC, one of her prints was used on a poster to commemorate the 250th birthday of the city.

A graduate of the Art, Architecture and Planning College at Cornell, Popkin was also a long time member of the President's Council of Cornell Women.

"I think all of us today wish we weren't here," said Barbara Orlando '58, a member of the PCCW, who spoke at the memorial, "and we miss Elsie's wit, passions and the way she enriched life for those who knew her."

Children's author Robin Fiddler Brancato, one of Popkin's oldest friends, remembered her as a young girl, "skinny, freckle-faced, left-handed, [who] turned skill to advantage, entrepreneurial, open and chatty and passionate about social and political matters." Madeline Noveck '58, a roommate of Popkin's, reminisced about their years together at Cornell. "We fascinated each other," she said. "Elsie's memory will long be a blessing and inspiration."

Cornell was a particularly special place for Popkin, who painted numerous scenes of Cayuga lake. Her favorite vantage spot was the fifth floor of the Johnson museum. She once said, "From my very first moments at Cornell, I have felt at home here."

Recently, she had completed a series of floral pastels of selected areas on the Cornell Plantations.

Don Rakow Ph.D. '87, director of the Cornell Plantations, described the paintings, "[Elsie] captured the essence of the plants that make up those collections and transferred that life into [the] paintings. Her compositions are filled with a sense of vitality. She has left us a legacy to enjoy and learn from in years ahead."

Slides of Popkin's artwork was shown at the close of the event; the bright and vivid colors stood in contrast to the bleak and gray weather outside.

Anita Miller '58, a classmate of Popkin's, said, "[even] the lake is in mourning today for her."


Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, April 3, 2005, 10am - Noon

Elsie Popkin Remembrance

Cornell Chronicle: March 24, 2005 - text

Friends of Elsie Popkin's, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum and Cornell Plantations, are planning a remembrance for Elsie on Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon on the 6th floor of the Museum.

Remembrance event: On April 3 a remembrance event will be held honoring the life of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin '58, who died Jan. 8. The memorial gathering will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, sixth floor, on campus and is being planned by the museum and by Cornell Plantations. Popkin, who earned a B.F.A. from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, was a noted painter and pastel artist, an active Cornellian and a member of the President's Council of Cornell Women from 1993 until her death. Her landscapes of views from the Johnson Museum's upper-floor windows were exhibited at the museum in June 2003, and her pastel triptych of Cayuga Lake and environs is on display at the Statler Hotel registration desk. She taught workshops in pastel painting to Cornellians and others in the Shoals Marine Laboratory gardens on Appledore Island off the coast of New Hampshire. For more on Popkin, see the obituary notice that ran in the Jan. 20 edition of the Cornell Chronicle http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/05/1.20.05/Obituaries.html.

Elsie Dinsmore Popkin '58, a graduate of Architecture, Art and Planning, noted artist, active Cornellian and member of PCCW since 1993, died in Winston-Salem, NC on January 8 following chemotherapy for breast cancer. We will certainly miss her, and recognize that many of you may want to attend this event in her honor.

For more information, contact Barbara Orlando.

WFU Memorial Concert, Sunday, Febuary 13th, 3pm

Winston-Salem Symphony
February 5, 6, & 8, 2005
Concerts presented in memory of artist Elsie Dinsmore Popkin

Salem Fine Arts Center
Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
An exhibit of Elsie's work was on display through Friday, January 14th

On Wednesday, January 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, the family received friends at the gallery.
Click here for a large (250k) panorama of the Salem Gallery. Small (75k) panorama.

There was a Celebration of Life service at Temple Emanuel, Oaklawn Drive, Winston-Salem
Thursday night January 13th at 7:30 PM.

Elsie Popkin, an artist, dies Known for pastel landscape paintings, she was also an activist...
Monday, January 10, 2005: Winston-Salem Journal Article
By Mary Giunca
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An Eye for the Beautiful
Artist and activist left an indelible mark on her acquaintances and her adopted city
Sunday, January 16, 2005
By Tom Patterson

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Cornell Chronicle, January 20th
Piedmont Communities
Charlotte Observer, January 11th
Winston-Salem Journal, January 13th