Elizabeth Hart, 1952-2008, former Vail artist
Elizabeth Marie Hart, 55, a former Vail artist, passed peacefully on Nov. 1 in Taos, N.M., after a nine-month battle with cancer.
Born Nov. 4, 1952, in Chicago, she was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne J. Hart and Ann Hart of Lake Forest, Ill.
Libby devoted her life to the expression of beauty pursued in her career as a painter. After graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin, she moved to Vail in the mid 1970s, where she lived for nearly 25 years.
While in Vail Libby worked with Luc and Liz Meyer at the Left Bank Restaurant and took art classes at Colorado Mountain College with Joan Norris.
In the 1990s, Libby left Vail and moved to Denver, where she attended classes at the Denver Art Students League. During this period she was mentored by many notable Denver Artists, including Quang Ho.
She is represented by Vail International Gallery (www.vailgallery.com) and her works can be viewed on her Web site at http://www.libbyhart.com.
Over the years she won many awards in the Southwest, including Best of Taos Invites 2008 for representational painting and drawing.
She is survived by her siblings Charles Hart of Grafton, Wisc., Chris Hart of Suwanee Ga., Amy Hart of Destin, Fla., Bill Hart of Gurnee, Ill., and Dede Murphy of Lake Bluff, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Nov. 22 at Sangre De Cristo Church in San Luis, Colo.
A memorial for all of Libby’s Vail area friends will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Vail International Gallery on Meadow Drive in Vail Village (970 476 2525).
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203.
Libby’s family would also like to thank all of her friends and fellow artists for their support, especially Nancy and Gorus Delpero of Taos, N.M.