Nov 5, 2008

Libby Hart (November 4, 1952 - November 1, 2008)

Elizabeth Marie Hart

November 4, 1952 - November 1, 2008

Elizabeth Marie Hart, age 55, passed peacefully on Saturday Nov 1, in Taos, New Mexico after a 9 month battle with cancer. Born Nov 4, 1952 in Chicago, she is predeceased by her parents Wayne J. Hart and Ann Hart of Lake Forest, IL. Libby devoted her life to the expression of beauty pursued in her career as a fine art painter. After graduating from Ripon College in WI, she moved to Vail, CO in the mid 70's. She studied at the Denver Art Students League and The Art Institute of Chicago. In 2000 she moved to Costilla, NM and opened her own studio. She is represented by Vail International Gallery ( and her works can be viewed on her website at Over the years she has won many awards in the Southwest, recently she won the Best of 'Taos Invites Taos' 2008 for Representational Painting and Drawing. She is survived by 5 siblings; Charles Hart of Grafton, WI; Chris Hart of Suwanee, GA; Amy Hart of Destin, FL; Bill Hart of Gurnee, IL and Dede Murphy of Lake Bluff, IL.

Libby’s Memorial Service
will be held in San Luis, Colorado at La Capilla de Todos los Santos (the chapel of the stations of the cross shrine), at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 22nd.

The reception celebrating Libby’s life will be held at Ventero Open Press Fine Art - non profit, following the Memorial service.

Ventero Open Press is located at 316 Main Street in San Luis, Colorado.

Participants are asked to bring paintings to fill Ventero's gallery with the beauty and genius of Libby Hart's life’s work, so that we can all share our stories. Any photos of Libby will work just as well.

For memorial service info, contact: Rivera-Hanlon 575-758-3841.
In lieu of flowers donate to The Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St. Denver, CO 80203.

Her family would like to thank all her friends and fellow artists for their support, especially Nancy Delpero and Gorus of Taos, NM. Nancy and her husband work the homeless in Northern, New Mexico and ask that guests bring extra winter clothing to be donated in Libby's memory.
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Nov 2, 2008

Jack O'Lantern Contest winner!

Here's the winner of our Jack-O-Lantern contest!
France LaVoie was the carver of the this perfect pumpkin, donated to Ventero by Mary Johnston of Alamosa. We invited our patrons to vote for their favorite pumpkin. "I like the hair!" was a popular comment.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting and the carving, you all helped make Halloween at Ventero a festive one. Thanks!
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