Emmy Krick of Chester County

Emmy Krick, a long-time local Chester County resident and artist, died on April 22, at the age of 87.

Emmy Krick

Born in Philadelphia in 1930, Emmy attended Philadelphia College of Art & the Academy of Fine Art.

After moving to a small farm in Chester County, with her husband Byron, Emmy had two children, Len Krick and Katie Rhoads.  Emmy also has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

After Byron died in 1988, she designed and built a unique house with a studio, greenhouse, a large flower garden, and botanical garden.  She lived there with her friend, Tom Southard for 25 years.

Emmy painted, farmed, and gardened throughout the years and worked doing commercial art, but found greater rewards in teaching children at Upland Country Day School, where she taught for 38 years.

Emmy retired in 2004, traveled, then settled down to paint full time.  She’s shown solo at Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, Washington Botanical, Jenkins, Chester County Art Association and the Arboretum (91 paintings).  She painted daily right up to the week she died and called herself the “Flower Painter.”

Her work will be featured in the Chester County Studio Tour, this Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, at Rick Davis Studio in West Chester.

As she so eloquently said “I’m constantly trying to capture the spirit of a garden.  Gardens have drama and mystery and show nature’s energy and power. The constant change in a single garden echoes the transitory nature of life itself.”

A Life Celebration will be held at Milestone Events, 600 E. Market St. West Chester, PA 19380 at 10 a..m on Monday, May 21; all her friends are invited.

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