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Farewell, Elaine!

By River Cortes

Elaine whoops it up at her retirement party. 

Elaine Abboud, one of Gateway Arts’ longest-standing artists, has retired after thirty-seven years of wonderful artwork and unflagging enthusiasm.

Elaine has explored nearly all that Gateway has to offer since she first came in 1976. She worked in ceramics, made countless drawings and paintings (often featuring her distinctive, elflike figures), developed her impressive knowledge of embroidery, and wove many unique scarves. Elaine also participated in the drama group and performed in numerous plays, and she impressively bolstered her reading and writing skills in the Adult Education group. She exhibited her artwork in many venues.

On February 20, Gateway celebrated Elaine’s career. Gateway artists, staff, Elaine’s good friend and fellow Gateway artist Nancy Cunningham, and Nancy’s brother Jack and his wife Judy attended the festivities. Elaine was sent off with love, gifts, and songs. We will miss Elaine’s beautiful artwork, her enthusiasm, her joyful and resilient spirit.

Elaine with her quilt, which took several years to complete. 
One of Elaine’s whimsical drawings.
Emmanuel Preston croons at Elaine’s send-off party, with Peter on guitar. 

Elaine with her dear friend, Gateway artist Nancy Cunningham.

Thanks for your dedication, Elaine! We will miss you. 

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