First, the following post was taken from my friend Jan's BLOG. My memories follow.
FROM JAN'S BLOG:
Barbara Lazarus Metz 1930-2011
Many fond memories. Informally learning book arts just for the heck of it. Two formal classes in book art for teachers. Working with Barbara (RIP,) Dorothy (RIP,) Katherine, and Jan at Hull House (where I had a number of books in a show Barbara curated,) At her studio downtown, and at her studio (in the six flat she bought) on Irving Park Road (which was the pre-cursor of Colombia College's Center for the Book and Paper Arts.) Before our informal get-togethers we would traditionally share dinner at a nearby Greek restaurant, first on Wells Street then on Irving Park.
Barbara was instrumental in letting me know about and then supporting and encouraging me to apply for a grant from the Chicago Department of Fine Arts. I was awarded a financial grant to build my show and give 20 performances of "Maybe The Clown and His Back Pocket Review" in Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood as well as an "Opening Night" performance during the day at LIncoln Park Zoo, at the Michigan Avenue Bridge, and on the steps of the Art Institute.
Both Barbara and I shared a love of opera, were both in solved in back stage tours, and always looked forward to visiting during the intermissions of Lyric Opera's dress rehearsals (which we both earned the right to attend though our volunteer work.)
She was one of the most energetic, talented, hard working person I have ever known. She will be missed. For Jan Barbara has become a dream now, for me ... a memory that I will hold dearly.
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