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Frances HEALEY


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HEALEY, Frances Aronson Frances Aronson Healey. Born November 30, 1933 in Lucedale, Mississippi, Frances Aronson Healey died in her Atlanta home unexpectedly at 83 years of age on October 30, 2017. Per her wishes, she was buried next to her father in Shady Grove Cemetery in Lucedale, Mississippi. Frances graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the Atlanta College of Art. In 1968, Frances Aronson established The Midtown Gallery on Atlanta's Peachtree Street; a trail-blazing pioneer in what is now a major, international center for fine art. Some of her gallery's early shows included a grand Picasso exhibition and a memorable Jim Dine Restrospective which Dine attended. One of the major pieces in that exhibition 'Hit My Summer Hard and Fast' is part of the permanent collection at the High Museum of Art. In later years, the gallery was relocated to Buckhead where it continued to thrive as Frances Aronson Fine Art; attracting collectors from all over the world seeking notable impressionist works including Renoir, Monet and Corot; and lesser known post impressionists whose work Frances championed and brought to collectors' attention. In particular, Frances held a great love for the painters of the Barbizon School which were active in France from 1830 to 1870. A fellow art dealer referred to Frances as not just an art dealer but 'a loving and devoted steward of fine art.' A long-time collector described Frances as 'a revolutionary who lifted the art scene in Atlanta to a whole new level.' Another recalled that as a young collector being nurtured by Frances who provided long periods of time within which to pay for art they could not afford. Frances served on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Museum of Art and supported numerous local charities and non-profit organizations. She was a highly respected and much sought after Certified Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers for many years; appraising works of art for museums, collectors and individuals. Frances' good eye and good heart will be missed by those who respected and loved her. Frances is survived by her loving daughters, Amy Vaughan of Sag Harbor, NY and Laura Aronson of Atlanta, Ga; grandchildren, David Austin Vaughan of Sag Harbor and Rachael Starks as well as her son-in-law, Greg Swords of Atlanta, Ga. Siblings; Jean Rouse Pope and Joe Lee Rouse of Lucedale, Mississippi, Judith Rouse Pursell of Baton Rouge, LA. and; her second husband, Cliff Healey of Atlanta, Ga. Frances' first husband, Leonard Aronson died in 2016. A memorial service to honor Frances' memory will be announced soon by the Aronson daughters. Donations in Frances' memory may be made to Atlanta's High Museum of Art.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 24, 2017
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