will be held at 6:00 tomorrow evening, Thursday, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission San Francisco. Among the appreciations of Ella that have been shared following her untimely death was this one from Leah Levy, independent curator and trustee of Jay DeFeo’s estate: “We were just beginning the restoration of DeFeo’s painting The Rose, which because of its fragility had been walled up in a seminar room at SFAI for decades, when Ella became President of the school. Even though she came from the East Coast, where DeFeo was not well known, she immediately understood the importance of the project. She was open, enthusiastic, and threw herself into helping us through the very complicated process of rescuing The Rose. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

For more remembrances of Ella, see San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.

- Meredith Tromble [Wednesday, May 7th, 2003]


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