In memory of
Gladys Barker Grauer
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In memory of
Gladys Barker Grauer
Gladys Barker Grauer Matriarch of Newark Arts; mother, friend Gladys Barker Grauer departed this life peacefully at home on Sept. 5, 2019. She was born Gladys Frances Barker in Cincinnati on Aug. 15, 1923, to Maudie and Charles Barker and raised in Chicago during the Great Depression. She graduated from Englewood High School and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1946, she moved to New York where she met and married Solomon Grauer. In 1951, they moved to Newark's South Ward. In 1971, Gladys opened Newark's first art gallery, the Aard Studio Galley, on Bergen Street. It became an inspirational gathering place for black and brown artists in the Newark area. From 1974 to 1989, Gladys taught commercial art for the Essex County Vocational Schools. Gladys's artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and she is included in numerous art publications. Gladys is the mother of the mural movement in Newark, having completed five murals in Newark since 2006. "Being Gladys," a documentary on her life, won best documentary at the 2019 Newark International Film Festival. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory children, Antoinette (Wayne), Edie, Eddie, and Leon (Dorothy); 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and a host of relatives, fellow artists, former students, and friends. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Newark Museum Auditorium, 49 Washington St., followed by repast at the Newark Library, 5 Washington St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of NJ (CASA-NJ), casaofnj.org , 77 Church St. New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 and People for Animals N.J. at pfaonline.org , 401 Hillside Ave., Hillside, N..J 07206. Professional services are entrusted to the care of the James E. Churchman Jr. Funeral Home, 345 13th Ave., Newark.
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In memory of
Gladys Barker Grauer
Gladys Barker Grauer Matriarch of Newark Arts; mother, friend Gladys Barker Grauer departed this life peacefully at home on Sept. 5, 2019. She was born Gladys Frances Barker in Cincinnati on Aug. 15, 1923, to Maudie and Charles Barker and raised in Chicago during the Great Depression. She graduated from Englewood High School and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1946, she moved to New York where she met and married Solomon Grauer. In 1951, they moved to Newark's South Ward. In 1971, Gladys opened Newark's first art gallery, the Aard Studio Galley, on Bergen Street. It became an inspirational gathering place for black and brown artists in the Newark area. From 1974 to 1989, Gladys taught commercial art for the Essex County Vocational Schools. Gladys's artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and she is included in numerous art publications. Gladys is the mother of the mural movement in Newark, having completed five murals in Newark since 2006. "Being Gladys," a documentary on her life, won best documentary at the 2019 Newark International Film Festival. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory children, Antoinette (Wayne), Edie, Eddie, and Leon (Dorothy); 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and a host of relatives, fellow artists, former students, and friends. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Newark Museum Auditorium, 49 Washington St., followed by repast at the Newark Library, 5 Washington St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of NJ (CASA-NJ), casaofnj.org , 77 Church St. New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 and People for Animals N.J. at pfaonline.org , 401 Hillside Ave., Hillside, N..J 07206. Professional services are entrusted to the care of the James E. Churchman Jr. Funeral Home, 345 13th Ave., Newark.
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