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Born: Sep 24, 1948

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2005

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ELAINE GLORIA KOWALSKY Suddenly on September 17, 2005, in London England, Elaine Gloria Kowalsky, beloved wife of 27 years to Elton Bash. Only daughter of Rosemary Kowalsky and the late Clifford Kowalsky; and sister to Clifford Kowalsky (Julia) of Fort St. John, BC, Barry Kowalsky (Kathryn) of Calgary, AB, and Kenneth Kowalsky (Linda) of Victoria, BC; special Auntie to Stephen, Christopher, Rachel, Brendan, Robyn, Katelyn, Kenneth and Marie. Elaine was born in Winnipeg at St. Boniface Hospital on September 24 1948, attending Dieppe School and Charleswood Collegiate. She grew up in the baby boomer era, our home at 41 Bowhill Lane was filled with the sounds and laughter of Elaine and the neighbourhood kids. As a sister she helped her two younger brothers, dressing them up at Halloween, organizing their birthdays, and helping to raise them. She was a regular at Charleswood United Church, first attending Sunday school and later joining as an adult member. She went to Brownies, Guides, CGIT, dance lessons and later on was active in the Kairos youth group. She always strove to help others, assisting in starting up the Roblin Park Youth Drop in Centre in 1968. First and foremost Elaine was an exceptionally gifted artist. Elaine attended the School of Art at the University of Manitoba 1967 to 1971. Shortly after that she immigrated to England where she vigorously pursued her lifelong career as a printmaker and as a tutor and mentor to aspiring artists. She made her home in London's East End with Elton, where she lived and worked for more than 25 years. Elaine was a founding member of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), serving as chair for 14 years, fighting for the copyrights of artists. She occupied the Henry Moore fellowship in Printmaking at the University of Leeds in 1988, obtaining her Master in Visual Arts at the University of East London in 1994. She was internationally respected and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Her most important achievement was in the medium of printmaking. Her art is on the internet at She has left us far too soon, there were still many projects to be completed and dreams to be realized. Elaine was widely admired, a tremendously fun and witty person: warm and genuinely caring. She had a strong faith and strong principles and enjoyed life to its fullest. A memorial service will be held for Elaine at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd., at 2:00 p.m. on November 12. Donations may be made in Elaine's memory to Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London, England, SE17RT, or Artists General Benevolent Institution, Burlington House Piccadilly, London, England, W1 V0DJ.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 05, 2005

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • We are sad at your loss of such a lovely person. We treasure the memories of a delightful stay in your home, the laughter, the pub trips, the restaurants, the studio, 'Mable', and the cherished blue & white English cup and saucer used in your kitchen, then sent home with me....always a constant reminder of friendship and fun. The palette of Elaine's life is brightly colored. Thanks for the memories. Donna McSpadden, Chelsea, Oklahoma - Posted by: Donna McSpadden (Family) on: Nov 08, 2005

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