Zora Sweet Pinney passed away in her home in Los Angeles on March 2nd, 2012. She was a tribute to artists and a beacon in the art material world, teaching, selling, consulting on art materials and constantly learning herself about better materials and how they are made. In particular, she loved brushes, and did extensive research on brush factories and the history of brush making, collecting hundreds of brushes along the way.
When she closed her beloved art material's store in L.A., she donated the stock to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to start a material collection that could be used for research by art conservators. Zora was always seeking to learn more about the materials artists were using and to educate artists on choosing quality materials to create long lasting art. She was a blessing to the art world, and she will be missed.
There has been a blog set up in Zora's honor, for comments or to learn about memorial services: http://zorasweetpinney.wordpress.com/
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