Saturday, April 01, 2006

"I'm just a painter"

Long-time readers may recall the lovely record jacket I found at my local Goodwill signed by "M Erath". Some searching on the internet turned up an Arizona artist named Margaret Erath and after connecting with her I was thrilled to discover that she was in fact the illustrator of that record jacket.

Mrs. Erath generously agreed to write to me with some background information about her career: She graduated from Washington Irving High School and Parsons School of Design.

She was a textile designer for 32 years in New York City at the Gloria Bucé Studio.

Thoughout the 70's and into the 80's, Margaret Erath created fine art - for gallery exhibitions - she did produce artwork and posters for the BAFFA News and, as a member of the National League of American Pen Women, designed covers for the Penwomens NLAPW shows at CHPS in the early 80's. She also illustrated "Spanish Lesson" for Eyegate Film Strips and record jackets for Wide World Children's Records - but I suspect those assignments came much earlier, based on the date of the one album cover I have.

Mrs. Erath kindly sent along several slides of her more recent work. Unfortunately, not having the means to scan them, I was unable to show them here. I managed to find some wonderful examples of her paintings online, as you can see.

"My main goal in painting is to take JOY in the gift God has given me - This comes about in taking what the Living God has created in life and in a designed way to recapture the beauty I see to give to others - for His Glory" - Margaret Erath

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