It is with great sadness that we share that Marion passed away from cancer in April, 2018. Marion’s voice rang loud and clear for human rights, in all of its forms. She worked actively in community projects that focused on story telling and bridging income and racial inequality. We miss knowing that she is gone from our midst, but rejoice in the light that will continue to shine through her work and through all of those who knew and loved her.
This was posted on her Facebook profile:
It is with sorrow that we have to announce that our dear sweet Marion passed today after a year long battle with cancer. Marion did not want a memorial service. If you would like to celebrate her beautiful life please consider donating to The Alameda Arts Commission, The American Lung Association, or an organization that is near and dear to your heart.
As Marion would say “Hugs”
With much love,
The Coleman Jongewaard Family
As a textile and mixed media artist I enjoy making public art, teaching and working on community projects. I am particularly interested in creating work addressing themes about women, aging, memory, history and other social themes. Much of my work is representational but I also enjoy working with bold colors and ethnic fabrics.
For over thirty years I worked in youth and family services and during the last two decades I have combined this experience with fiber, stitching and color to create work that explores color, memory, social change and community.
As a youngster I was taught to sew and crochet by my grandmother. That learning was the beginning of my art making which has now led to designing and fabricating contemporary quilts and mixed media art. I continue to use a variety of fibers, threads, paper, paint and found objects to present ideas that interest me. My work is both color and concept driven. I combine established strip piecing techniques associated with African American quilts but may include extensive stitching, slashing, burning, paper, paint, plastic, beads, buttons, recycled materials or just about anything that strikes my fancy. I continue to add to my collection of old photos as I explore memory, history and culture. In addition to the early influences of the women quilters in my family I have also been drawn to the work of numerous artist/story quilters.