Carlyn Feldman Fisher, 93, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 following a long illness.
She spent most of her life in Atlanta, where she was born Carlyn Lorraine Feldman on November 5, 1923.
Inspired by Georgia’s varied landscape, she painted nearly every day of her adult life. Her work has been shown in galleries all over the eastern United States, including 16 one-woman shows. Commissions include the Cobb Galleria, Savannah Convention Center and the Atlanta Jewish Community Center.
When not painting, she devoted her time to the arts community in Georgia. Her many contributions include co-founding the Arts Festival of Atlanta; writing and co-producing “Artists of Georgia,” a five part series of half-hour programs for Georgia Public Television which won an Emmy Award; and service as Chairman of the Board at The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. In 1967, she researched and wrote a comprehensive survey called The Arts in Georgia, which was funded by the National Endowment of the Arts.
In subsequent years, she also found time to serve as Art Editor for Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Magazine and The Atlanta Times newspaper, among others. From 1975 to 1985, she lived and worked in New York City. While there, she served as Executive Producer of Art In Its Soul, a television documentary about the Provincetown Art Colony, which was first aired on WGBH in Boston.
In 2005, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. Before she stopped painting, the subject of her art was trees.
“The older I get, the less sense everything else makes, and the more sense nature makes. Trees do what they’re supposed to do. They don’t care whether you know it. They don’t care whether you see it. They’re just doing their job,” she told columnist Lee May for this newspaper.
Survivors include one daughter, Eve Shulmister; nephews, Ted, Bill and Adam Frey; her beloved grandson, Benjamin Yorker and his wife, Carrie Yorker; plus two great granddaughters, Emma Clay Kate Yorker and Margaret Ann Yorker.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12th at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309 with Rabbi Lapidus officiating. Sign online guest book at www.edressler.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Hambidge Center, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999