Eric Joseph Abraham
Eric Abraham of Lucas Kansas, passed into Spirit last Saturday, September 7th. He was born in Harlem, NY on November 27th, 1936.
After his honorable discharge from US Airforce Intelligence, he went on to obtain his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, from the Kansas City Art Institute. He married Judy Love in 1963. They both went on to study at the University of Nebraska , where he earned his Master of Fine Art in Ceramics.
He taught ceramics at K-State in the early 70’s, and after he and Judy divorced in ’74, he went on to teach at several other universities. Eric was an instructor at SummerVail Art Workshops for 12 years and has over the years continued to teach workshops and served as Artist in Resident for many different communities throughout the Midwest. He particularly delighted in teaching children, as they have a similar limitless to their imagination that Eric himself had!
Eric settled in Denver for 16 years, falling in love with Ruth DeOreo, who has been his partner for 31 years, until his time of passing. He maintained his ceramics studio in Denver until 1999, at which time he moved it to Wabaunsee, Kansas. In 2004, he relocated to Lucas, Kansas to realize his dream by opening The Flying Pig Studio and Gallery. From the early 70’s until present time, Eric showed his work at six to seven art fairs and festivals per year, never retiring.
His fantastic works of art are currently on display at the Strecker Nelson Art Gallery in Manhattan, Ks, as well as the Courtyard Gallery in Lindsborg, Ks.
Eric is survived by his life partner, Ruth DeOreo, his friend and former wife, Judy Love, children, Mercedes Abraham, Francis and Toni DeOreo, Marco DeOreo and Cynthia Redecker and grandchildren, Praxis Lewarchick, Ricki and Jessi DeOreo, Tanaquil DiIoreo.
There will be a potluck celebration of Eric’s life on Saturday, September 14th at the Zeandale Community Center on HWY 18.
Lucas Kansas will also hold a celebration of Eric’s life, for more information please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be made to the Kansas City Art Institute Student Scholarship Fund or the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Ks.