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Erica Clifton Drewes

Erica Clifton Drewes (aka. Ceci, CE, Two, Mac), 68, a fifth generation San Franciscan, passed away on July 21st, 2013, from natural causes. Erica was born March 10th, 1945, in Washington, DC, to Judge Robert Drewes and Caroline Clifton Drewes. She is survived by her brothers, Robert and Stephen; her sister-in-law, Gail; her nieces, Genevieve, Caitlin, and Jillian; nephew, Bartholomew; their spouses and children; and, her many old and dear friends.

Erica was a proud San Francisco native, an accomplished artist, and a passionate liberal activist. She spent her childhood in Presidio Heights, cavorting through the city and climbing every summer the mountains of the Sierras. She attended Katherine Delmar Burke's School and then UC Berkeley where she received a BA, and later an MFA, in Fine Art. She continued to study art and architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arte, in Rome, and at Harvard University. She received a second MA in Film from San Francisco State. Her pride and joy was the East Bay Community Arts Project Inc., a non-profit visual and performing arts school for juvenile prisoners, which she founded in 1974.

Erica was a multifaceted artist who used any and every medium to create beauty. She sewed exquisite clothes for her nieces and nephew (and in turn their children), sketched treasured valentines, painted on clothing, built sculptures and bookcases, and restored chairs, teddy bears, windows, and cabins. Every letter or postcard she mailed was a little piece of art full of love, and warmth, personalized with her notes of good humor. Every tool she wielded left a broken something in near mint condition. A true "flower child," Erica loved a good argument about politics, culture, art, and literature. She compulsively read The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the SF Examiner, and was an avid independent moviegoer. Every morning, for more than thirty-five years, she swam in the bay as a member of The Dolphin Club, which, after her death, flew its flag at half-mast in her honor. For service information please contact: caitlin.drewes@gmail.com. Donations in Erica's name can be made to Planned Parenthood.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2013
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