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Mildred Sands Kratz Johnson

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MILDRED SANDS KRATZ JOHNSON, RENOWNED LOCAL ARTIST Renowned local artist, Mildred Sands Kratz Johnson, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Mildred resided in Tampa, Florida with her husband of 32 years, Richard K. Johnson. Described as "one of our country's foremost exponent of watercolor technique" and one of today's most outstanding artists in the tradition of American Realism", Mildred was largely a self-taught artist who received more than 100 awards and five gold medals in National competition for her watercolor paintings, including the prestigious Senatorial Citation for "Outstanding Achievement in the World of Art". Mildred's paintings are included in private collections worldwide, as well as, displayed at Gallery Madison 90 in New York, Gallery Piccolo Mondo in Palm Beach, the Hill School in Pottstown, Ursinus College and the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC. Her paintings have been exhibited in traveling shows of the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, the Butler Institute, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Among the highlights of her career, Mildred lists a voyage on the QEII as a resident artist conducting workshops across the ocean. Her painting "Silent Cloisters" hangs in the West Wing of the White House. Many of Mildred's paintings depicted scenes of southeastern Pennsylvania. However, she frequently painted scenes of the eastern U.S. sea coast, Nova Scotia and made more than 20 trips abroad which included painting in Greece and Portugal. In 1960, Mildred co-founded the Pottstown Area Artists Guild and was a charter member and trustee of the Ohio Watercolor Society. She was an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, National Arts Club, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, American Artists Professional League and Allied Artists of America. Mildred is listed in Who's Who of American Artists, Worlds Who's Who of Women, Who's Who of American Women. Who's Who of the East, Who's Who of the Midwest, and 2000 Women of Achievement, London. Mildred was born in Pottstown Landing on July 15, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Matthew Stanley Quay Sands and the late Annie Hohl Sands. She was predeceased by her brother Donald Stanley Sands. A graduate of North Coventry High School, Mildred worked for the Ferrow Paper Box Company and the New York Store. Early in her career, Mildred tinted photographs for the Shaner Studio. She is survived by her twin daughters, Melissa (Kratz) Auen, wife of Craig F. Auen and Melinda (Kratz) Wise, wife of Dennis Wise, grandchildren Philip and Amanda Wise and Jay and Cheyenne Auen, nieces Sharon (Sands) Seasholtz, Donna (Sands) Hilborn, nephew Stanley Edward Sands, and eight grand nieces and nephews. Also surviving are four step children, eight step grandchildren and 15 step great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, PA 19465. Rev. Sherry L. Lantz will officiate. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Entombment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the , Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Online Condolences may be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com

Published in The Mercury on Oct. 1, 2013
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