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Lyons, Mari
The collection contains three paintings and thirteen sketchbooks created by Mari Lyons, Bard ’57; it was donated by her husband Nick Lyons after her death in 2016. Mari Sharon Blumenau Lyons (1935-2016) graduated in 1957 from Bard College, where Louis Schanker and Stefan Hirsch were her main art professors. Throughout her long career she painted hundreds of canvases in a wide variety of genres: still lifes, abstractions, figures, self portraits, landscapes, studio interiors, and cityscapes. The majority of her work was oil paintings, but she did occasionally do watercolors or acrylics. Her sketchbooks were done in a wide variety of mediums, and reflected her life. The sketches were of Paris; New York City; Woodstock, New York; the street views outside her Upper West Side City studio; and Montana, where her husband went to fly fish.