A Rose for Martha's Vineyard

July 1, 2014 3:39 PM

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A Rose for Martha's Vineyard

Rose Abrahamson illuminates life. She is a 93-year old artist living on Martha's Vineyard. She continues to create art, although today her work tends more toward collage made from found objects rather than actual painting. At 93, she has some physical limitations. Rose was not always a Vineyard resident. She was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up during the depression. She was one of six siblings. Her father was a gambler and wasted his family's modest income. Thus, Rose's family was constantly moving for lack of ability to pay rent. Somehow her mother was able to feed them, but Rose vividly remembers bread lines. So how did this modest, beautiful woman make the journey from a poverty-stricken childhood to a comfortable, elegant, yet simple life on Martha's Vineyard?

The earliest memory Rose has of creating art was when she was five-years old. She would sit with pencils in her hand and draw and draw until she was exhausted. Her mother used to say that if you put a pencil in Rose's hand she may never eat again. When you see the word artist in the dictionary, a pi...

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