Barbara E. Stone / 1950 — 2018
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the passing of Barbara E. Stone of East Sandwich, MA on September 30, 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a truly heroic battle with cancer.
Barbara was a treasured friend; her loss has hit me at my very core. I know she would want us to carry the torch now for her, too, and live life every day to the fullest, with love in our hearts and our actions, and pastel dust on our sleeves.
This link to Barbara's website includes her obituary. A Celebration of Life public memorial service was held in her honor on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the West Parish Church, West Barnstable, MA.
Gallery 31 Fine Art has been honored to represent Barbara's beautiful fine art for many years as her exclusive gallery. She weaved a rich tapestry of the Cape Cod landscape in pastel and oil with love, laughter, vibrancy, depth, and emotion.
Love endures all things.
Barbara Stone painted nearly all her life. As an undergraduate at UMass, Barb wanted to become an art teacher yet ended up teaching phys ed and health, a profession she still maintains today in the Barnstable School System at the elementary level. Yet her love of art, and of painting, is stronger than ever.
From its beginnings in 1995 Barbara was active in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and ultimately served as the non-profit's President for a few years. She now holds the coveted signature status in the society as a juried member. She served on the Board of Directors of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod for many years. Barb also explored working in oil paints, this "sister" medium to pastel.
A representational painter who pushed color and the literal scene to depict the emotion she felt while painting the New England landscape, Barb captured the marshes and bogs of Cape Cod with a softness of edges and drama. Her signature mark making set her work apart. It's no wonder she has been recognized with many awards for her exceptional pastel work.
Barbara Stone was a well known instructor in pastel on Cape Cod. Her students loved her tactile approach to painting and shared her enthusiasm for marshes and meadows found nearby.
By a request of her family, Barbara’s art has been set aside. What a wonderful legacy she leaves.
"A painting that I can enjoy for decades gives me more joy than any pair of shoes."