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Carol Summers
Dec. 26, 1925 - Oct. 27, 2016
Resident of Santa Cruz
Carol Summers, a world-renowned printmaker, passed away from myocardiopathy Oct. 27th, at home in Santa Cruz, CA. Born and raised in Woodstock, NY, to artist parents Ivan and Theresa Summers, Carol studied woodcut printmaking at Bard College with Lou Shanker. He became a professional woodcut artist, producing an impressive and influential body of work right up until his death. Carol was known as a grand master of the medium, and his work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries around the world. Recognized for its brilliant colors and bold iconography, his work includes shapes and forms replete with symbolic meaning, with context informed by his many experiences traveling across the globe. His prints were often startling in their boldness and beauty, earning him a devout following in the art world.
Carol was married three times. His second wife, a well-known dance choreographer in NYC, Elaine Summers, died in 2014. They had one son (Kyle Summers, m. Susan McRae, daughters Anita and Veronica). Carol moved to California in the 1970s. He met his third wife (Joan Summers) in Santa Cruz, and adopted her son (Ethan Summers, m. Anne-Marie Napoli, son Ezekiel). Carol and Joan (who was also an artist) were happily married until she passed away in 1998. Carol was close to his older sister Mary Lewis, an accomplished advocate for early childhood education, who passed away in 2009. Carol traveled extensively, and loved hiking in the Himalayas with his close friend Ronald Garrigues. He also loved Mexico, particularly Guanajuato, and India, leading architecture and folk art tours in Rajasthan.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 20, 2016
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