Elisabeth Gross-Marks 1940-2017

On August 4,2017,Elisabeth left this world.

I had the privilege of keeping up this website for Elisabeth during the past decade or so. She wanted her friends and fans to be able to see her work,to keep up with the creativity that was a condition of her existence,but she needed someone who could manage what,to her,seemed like the incomprehensible complications of the Web. For me,it was a privilege and pleasure to post the new works that she produced until only a few months from the end.

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April 2017

The Relatives Arrived

All this month at the State of the Art Gallery you can see this collage,“The Relatives Arrived.”In the front space of the gallery is work by two other members of the gallery,Barbara Mink and Patty Brown. A lot of exciting abstract art;please visit if you can!

March 2017

The Art of Friends

Opening reception of the Art of Friends show

Up and Down,collage

  The Art of Friends is an annual group show,now in its 12th year,held at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca. This collage is my contribution for this year. (It’s the left-most work in the photo of the reception,above.) Stop in and see the many beautiful,varied works if you are in the area.


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January 2017

“Moon andn Planets”Collage —32″x 40″

“Getting Things in Order”Collage,32″x 40″

This month at the State of the Art Gallery,half of the gallery’s members are showing their work. Here are two of the the three collages that I’m showing. The opening reception for this show is on Friday,january 6,5:00-8:00 pm,and the show will be up until January 29,2017. I hope you can stop by and see it!

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May 2016

Visit the State of the Art Gallery this month to see these two works —“Jumping through the Hula Hoop,”on the left,and “Pickup Sticks.”The show runs all month and the opening reception is on Friday,May 6,5:00-8:00 pm.


Reflecting on my life as an artist —surrounded by my work at the State of the Art Gallery. Listen to my reminiscences in this video.

Through the Hula Hoop

Jumping through the Hula Hoop

Here’s something fun to look at as we welcome spring —“Jumping Through the Hula Hoop”(32″X 40″).

June 2015

My show,“Series and Progressions,”is over now. All the paintings are back in their storage place for several weeks already,but I’m still thinking about the show and seeing it in my imagination. It is a strange feeling to think that that time is past,it was such a wonderful event,beginning with the preparations for it. I got a lot of help from my fellow gallery-members. Eva Capobianco took care of the transportation of the more-than-40 pieces that I wanted to show. Then,together with Patty Porter,she hung all the pictures in the . . . →Read More:June 2015

March 2015

It has been a difficult winter,in climate and health. However,the days are getting longer,the sun is shining more,and I am looking forward to the unfolding of spring.

The exciting news from me is that I will be having my solo show next month,April. Each member of the State of the Art Gallery is entitled to show for one month every four years and in April it will be my turn again. I have been a member of the gallery for many years,so I have had many opportunities to show my . . . →Read More:March 2015

December 2014

Whenever I see something colorful in a store I have to buy it and make art with it! When I discovered a collection of bright buttons I had to have them,and they immediately became part of two pictures! During the Art Trail,a visitor to my studio liked both of them so much that he took them both home.

The Open Door

November was a busy and difficult month,with painting and teaching as well as some serious health problems. But,with the help of my husband,I came through it and can now . . . →Read More:December 2014

October 2014


I am part of the Ithaca Art Trail,a yearly event for which more than 40 artists in the Ithaca area open their studios to the public on two weekends. Last weekend was the first of this year’s Art Trail,and I had several visitors and sold some paintings. I would like to invite you to come to my studio this weekend,October 18 or 19,between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If you prefer a different time,please phone me,(607)277-2419.

My address is 310 Sunnyview Lane,Ithaca,NY 14850.

I am looking . . . →Read More:October 2014

August 2014

What a wonderful summer we have so far. With all the rain my flower bed is like a jungle. I have kept very busy continuing with the small paintings,which is very unusual for me. I have been using one shape and only one group of colors —blues and greens or yellow,orange and reds. I am interested in the sequence of patterns and the small format is good for that. It keeps the visual intensity focused like an exclamation point.

Today I finished a picture with only one color. Now I am ready to . . . →Read More:August 2014

July 2014

During the past four weeks I have had three eye surgeries. After the last one I was not able to see anything with the right eye. I thought this is the end of painting for me. But just the opposite happened;I started to see a little bit more every day;it was like getting my life back as an artist.

I am actually very creative and productive again. Every day I do a new small painting. It is new for me to do something small. The advantage is that I can work fast and that . . . →Read More:July 2014

May 2014

This month the State of the Art Gallery is having a special show in collaboration with the Museum of the Earth that reflects the climate change. I have two pictures on display there. One is called Abundance and the other one The Apple Tree. Both pictures have a nice story.

Abundance:When I came to the United States,I had a flower bed for the first time in my life. I had no experience with gardening and I planted as many flowers in it as I could. So,every summer it looks like a jungle,an . . . →Read More:May 2014

April 2014

‘’CIRCLES AND LINES” Collage,18” x 25”

Sometimes a painting happens almost by itself —and that is how “Circles and Lines”came about. I had some shapes prepared for a big picture that I had in mind,until I realized they would look even better in a smaller format. Just then,I found the perfect frame for this composition on the street —and the result can be seen at the State of the Art Gallery in the back room during the month of April!

The main exhibit at the State of the Art this . . . →Read More:April 2014

March 2014

Music was always very important in my family. I started playing the piano when I was seven years old,and I loved to play Bach and Mozart. I was very passionate about it. Now I often listen to music when I am working.

I would like my art to be like music —in this picture,the movements of the string could be the melody,the circles the chords,the red and blue shape the book. But,as always,the viewers are free to interpret the picture the way they like.

This month,the State of . . . →Read More:March 2014

February 2014

A while ago I watched the movie,“Dreamer. It’s a movie about a race horse that was injured and was supposed to be put down. But a young girl saved it and secretly trained it to participate in a famous race. Even though nobody believed that it could happen,they won the race. At the end of the movie there are several girls riding onto the race track,swinging flags. There was so much energy and joy from having won against all the barriers. It was a beautiful scene,and it inspired me to do a . . . →Read More:February 2014

January 2014

The Open Door

The Open Door

It snowed. We had to wait until the end of December,but the landscape is finally like a big white canvas,waiting to be painted. It looks beautiful!

I still don’t have photos of my paintings from the last four months. Therefore,for this month’s newsletter I am using the collage “The Open Door,”which I did during the summer. A new year is in front of us and it is good to open all the doors and windows for the new things.

If we are able to be . . . →Read More:January 2014