March 8, 1911 - December 15, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz, Ca.
Sylvia Estelle Stolzberg, artist, mother, community member, died in Santa Cruz, Ca. on December 15, 2013. She moved to Santa Cruz from Pasadena, California in 2009 to live with her son, Eric and his wife Laura.
Born March 8, 1911, in New York City, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, the 102 year young lived through both World Wars, the Great Depression, as well as the advent of commercial air travel, telephone service, television and the computer age. She was a "stylista" (ever frustrated with the casual Santa Cruz live-style) and artist, always witty, social and engaged. She last went to Louden Nelson Center for exercise, 4 days before her death. She charmed most everyone she came in touch with. She knew how to command a room with her presence.
Sylvia studied Art in New York University and the New York School of Arts and took classes from renowned painter, Moses Soyer and studied under Raphael Soyer and Sol Wilson, with her two sisters, Raynor Pollack and Annette Robyns Elson. In the late 40's Sylvia moved to Pasadena, California and married Michael Stolzberg. She continued her art studies at the Otis Art Institute and became an active member of Womanspace, Pasadena Society of Artists and was a co-founder of the Firehouse Gallery, an art co-op gallery in Pasadena.
Sylvia, both a painter and sculptor, was an expressionist and abstractionist. Her works have been exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum, The Downey Museum and many Southern California galleries including the Ivory Tower, The Elson Robyns Gallery, the Esquire Gallery, the Firehouse Gallery, the Regent, the Monica Galleries and the Los Angeles City Hall. Pasadena Star News art critic, Jack Carr, wrote, "The delight of uninhibited design and genuine concern with found items displays itself in a delicate and decorative manner. The playback of textures and subtle colorings echoes throughout each of the pieces."
Her home in Pasadena is a showplace of her art, including paintings, body casts, assemblages and ceramic sculptures created over her more that 70 year career. Until the end, Sylvia continued to create original clay sculptures, working at Clay Creations, assisted by her "ladies in waiting."
Sylvia is survived by her children, Karen Stolzberg and Eric Stolzberg, 3 grandchildren, her sister, Raynor Pollack of Pasadena, as well as her brother-in-law, Donald Elson, cousins, nieces and nephews . . . she will be missed.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 3, 2014