A Celebration of Art and Life


The sunny day seemed to be cooperating with the occasion: warm, festive, and everywhere one looked — art. Groups of the friends and family of artist Peggy Ann Thayer filled Featherstone Center for the Arts Pebble Gallery and lingered in a white tent outside.

This past Saturday, The Memorial Celebration of the Life and Art of Peggy Ann Thayer, who died in January of this year, succeeded in evoking her spirit. The walls and easels were filled with Ms. Thayer’s rhythmic, flowing images on canvas, cards and wall hangings. Most were the colors of sky and water, integrated, swirling shapes expressing nature and joy.

Ms. Thayer’s spouse, Sandy Raymond, created a display of photos of the artist with family and friends.

Ms. Thayer’s brother David and his family came from Colorado, her sister Cindy came from Ohio, and the Raymond family came from Connecticut.

“We thought it was lovely,” said Ms. Thayer’s mother, Jane Thayer. “It was a warm, friendly group that appreciated Peggy.”

And Roger Thayer, her father, added, “It took away the sadness a little bit.”