POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The late Mary Van Blarcom, whose oil painting “Island Madonna” was dedicated at a Christmas program in St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Sunday, was a resident of Point Pleasant Beach for nine years.
Born in Newark, the artist studied art there. Her work is exhibited in may private collections and a number of museums. She did water colors, oils, lithographs, and color prints and had her most recent show last May in a solarium on the boardwalk at Asbury Park.
A semi-abstractionist, Miss Van Blarcom also has a painting on exhibit in the Shrine of the Little Flower, Newton, N.J., where her family resided at one time.
The “Island Madonna” was done three years ago and depicts the ascension of the Virgin of Mary. It was presented to the church by the artist’s husband, Charles Milbauer, who is also a well-known local artist.
Miss Van Blarcom was vice president of the National Serigraph Society and a member of that organization’s advisory board. She also belonged ho [sic] to the American Color Print Society, the Association of Women Artists, and the Asbury Park Society of Fine Arts which sponsored her last show of 19 oils and 40 prints.
Mother of a son and daughter, the artist died July 14 after a long illness.
Source: Asbury Park Press, December 24, 1953.