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Oct. 24, 1938 - Sept. 28, 2012
Lorna Berlin, an internationally recognized watercolor artist and Williamsville resident, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. She was 73.
Born Lorna Chumley in Wadena, Minn., she graduated from high school in New Brighton, Minn., and earned a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. She later was awarded a master's degree from Iowa State University.
She was known throughout her 42-year residence in Western New York for her watercolors and as an art instructor.
She taught and demonstrated art techniques across the United States and Canada, including an annual residence at the Chautauqua Institution since 1989.
Mrs. Berlin served on the staff of Daemen College and taught at St. Lawrence College, Niagara County Community College and in the Amherst and Williamsville school systems.
Her work earned a wide following through her many exhibitions at the Allentown Art Festival, where she won six first-place awards; Festival of the Masters at Disney World; and other exhibitions, including the Albright-Knox Western New York Invitational, Audubon Artists, Louisiana National and Artist's magazine competition.
Her paintings were also featured in national exhibitions, including the Transparent Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania, Northwest, Susquehanna and Oklahoma Nationals.
Art aficionados also saw her works featured at the Village Center and Unique Gallery, Amherst; Buscaglia-Castellani Gallery, Niagara University; Kenan Center Gallery, Lockport; Works of Art Gallery, Niagara Falls; and Art Dialogue, Buffalo.
Her paintings were included in the International Women's Expo and United Nations Week display, and three works were reproduced by the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
One of her paintings was used for the promotional posters for the 2006 Garden Walk Buffalo.
She received many honors during her career, including named scholarships by the American Association of University Women, and she received the 1981 Achievement Award from the Town of Amherst.
She was a member of Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Delta Epsilon.
Mrs. Berlin is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jack; a son, John; a daughter, Amy Gerber; and a sister, Donna Joy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road.