Karen Segal

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Mrs. Segal was an accomplished artist whose work is in the collections of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Woodmere Art Museum, Asheville Art Museum and Western Carolina Museum in North Carolina.

Despite painful physical limitations, she continued to paint and draw until a few years ago. She delighted in seeing clouds, flowers and natural scenery, and her love of birds and cats was constant.

A collector of the works of Philadelphia artists for more than three decades, she had promised more than 100 pieces of art to the Woodmere Art Museum. William R. Valerio, Director and CEO at Woodmere, said Mrs. Segal’s collection of paintings and works on paper were acquired with “an artist’s discerning eye and a passion for genuine creativity.”

“The resulting collection,” Valerio said, “is as fine as it is daring, as soothing as it is challenging.”

Mrs. Segal also was a contributor to Woodmere and encouraged younger artists whose talents she recognized.

Born in New York City and raised in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia, she was a graduate of Northeast High School and what was then the Philadelphia College of Art. She and her husband, David, had lived in Chestnut Hill for 27 years.

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