Marcia Anne Macdonald
December 10, 1958 - July 21, 2010
The Green Hill Center for NC Art hosted a really wonderful memorial service for Marcia Macdonald yesterday. There was an exhibit of her truly awesome work along with sketches, insights and works in progress.
It was an amazing event, so many people from all walks of life were there to honor her. There were lots of tears, but laughs as well. Her friends, sister, mother, husband Steve, teacher Jim Gallucci and a student from her workshops all took their turns delivering excellent eulogies. I was immensely moved by her mothers words both maternally sensitive but also her ability to interject humor, which Marcia would have enjoyed. Also her husband, not thinking he would be able to get through what he had planned to say, spoke beautifully of Marcia, of their love story and of their goofy and tender moments alike.
I really wish I had the opportunity to know her much sooner and for much longer than I did. However I seriously appreciate that I was able to call her a friend and will continue to be inspired and motivated by her lasting memory and energy, that will no doubt stay with me forever.
"It's not the length of life, but depth of life" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This image is of a collaborative necklace over 50 metalsmiths created as a gift to her when she was sick. She treasured it, one of the first things she told me when I first met her was about this necklace and how it tickled her to think they all came together in her support and honor to create such an awesome piece.