Thursday, June 16, 2011

a great loss

It is with a heavy heart that I write my thoughts and feelings about the loss of Americana Folk artist Mary Beth Baxter. I am sure most of you are familiar with her talent. She painted wholesome Americana-themed paintings. She also was a wonderful gift shop owner of primitive and Americana folk art on Cape Cod with her daughter's bakery next door.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Beth in Atlanta a few years ago. She was so full of joy and laughter, telling jokes and stories that kept us in stitches. Her art made an impression on me long before I met her, but after meeting Mary Beth, I was even more taken by her. I am sure she touched more lives than she ever imagined.

She suffered a heart attack 5 weeks ago and never fully recovered. I have faith that she is at rest with the Lord now. The art community and her local community will miss her greatly and my sincere condolences go out to her family.


  1. Teresa,
    Thank you for the post. What sad news. I never met Mary Beth but I too loved her artwork. I'm sure she will be in my thoughts for many days to come.

  2. Teresa, I didn't know this until reading your post. I join you in mourning her loss. She was also the early inspiration for a lot of my work as well - she will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and may they take comfort in the beautiful work she left behind for everyone to enjoy as they remember her and the gifts that she gave through that work.