Marguerite “Meg” Bernet, a long-time Vail resident, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 57 years old.
She was born on June 11, 1956, to Antoinette and John J. Bernet and had spent the last few years caring for her aging parents in the family home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
She attended The Rhode Island School of Design and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she majored in drawing and minored in printmaking. She did postgraduate work in printmaking at Yale. She was an accomplished painter, drawer and printmaker and used a variety of techniques and mediums to create work that was “beautiful to the point of being cathartic.”
Meg was a partner and resident artist at Olla Podrida Gallery and later at Vickers Gallery in Vail for many years and a dynamic presence in the local art community. She later split her time between Vail and Woody Creek, where she had many close friends. She loved her new adventures in the Roaring Fork Valley and was involved in the organic farming community and was an art teacher to developmentally disabled young adults.
She was a devoted daughter and cherished sister, aunt, friend and mentor. She was kind, honest and intelligent and touched many peoples’ lives with her warmth, humor, creativity and beauty.
She is survived by: Her sister, Mikey (and Bo) Cutting, of Amherst, Mass.; brothers Josh (and Beth) Bernet, of Anna Maria, Fla. and Chopper (and Carrie) Bernet, of Topanga Canyon, Calif.; and her many nieces and nephews, who are dearly missing their “unkle Meggie”.
Her family suggests that those who wish can make a donation in her name to:
Carbondale Community School, 1505 Satank Rd., Carbondale, CO 81623, http://carbondalecommunityschool.org or to Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Spur, Basalt, CO 81621, http://wylyarts.org.
A celebration of Meg’s life is being planned for June in the Vail area.