About Mary Van Blarcom

Of a much later era was Mary Van Blarcom who moved to Point Pleasant Beach from North Jersey at the time of her second marriage, to Charles R. Milbauer, in 1945.

Ms. Van Blarcom gained a national reputation for her abstract paintings and serigraphs (silk screen prints), many of religious subjects. Examples of her work are in the collections of the New York Public Library, Howard University, Central Michigan College, the U.S. State Department, Alabama Polytechnic Institute and M.I.T.

She won numerous awards during the years she worked in Point Pleasant Beach and her serigraphs were included in an exhibition purchased by the State Department circulation in Japan, Germany and the Orient.

She was a member of the American Color Print Society, a former vice president of the National Serigraph Society, Associated Artists of New Jersey and the Asbury Park Society of Fine Arts.

She died in 1953 at the age of 40, after a long illness, and a short time later the bulk of her work was lost when fired destroyed the building in which it was stored at Jockey Hollow, near Morristown.

Source: Asbury Park Press, November 9, 1980. Excerpted from article titled “Briscoe, McCord marine lifes now sought after by collectors.”

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