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Dec 2011: DECEMBER

Dec 2011: Zebra A pinnacle in Shirley's art, she captures the flowing wild feel of the Zebra's Stripes seamlessly yet each direction viewed brings a completely new and exciting perspective.. - Scott Campbell - Fellow artist, photographer, designer of this calendar & forever touched by Shirley's life.

Nov 2011: NOVEMBER

Nov 2011: Amethyst Aurora

Oct 2011: OCTOBER

Oct 2011: Wisteria (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Sep 2011: SEPTEMBER

Sep 2011: Autumn

Aug 2011: AUGUST

Aug 2011: Sunburst (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Jul 2011: JULY

Jul 2011: Fourth of July

Jun 2011: JUNE

Jun 2011: Self Portrait

May 2011: MAY

May 2011: The Knights

Apr 2011: APRIL

Apr 2011: Forest Reverie

Mar 2011: MARCH

Mar 2011: Medieval Port

Feb 2011: FEBRUARY

Feb 2011: Kings | Transubstantiation | Talmudic Studies

Jan 2011: JANUARY

Jan 2011: Shirley Mae Fox was born June 10, 1923 to Hyman and Rose Fox, Russian Jewish immigrants who came to the “Land of Hope.” Shirley grew up in middle class surroundings due to the hard work of her mother and father. As the intrinsic beauty of music was valued by the family, Shirley was given music lessons. She had a beautiful singing voice. She won many contests including one for “Best Popular Singer” in a group of 1200 contestants. Due to her youth, about 16 yrs at the time, Shirley placed 2nd to her 22 year old competitor, who was awarded placement with the Metropolitan Opera. Shirley sang concerts, charity events, social affairs, and clubs and was well known in the St. Louis area. She sang on radio and made recordings of her voice. Later, she trained in Chicago and New York State for summer stock and professional training for the New York stage. She played Yum Yum in the “Mikado,” and became a performer on television. Two weeks before returning to New York, she met Ed Bierman, a senior medical student at St. Louis University. Both felt a strong attraction to each other. After a short time, Shirley returned to St. Louis to renew the relationship. She found the call to family life more desirable than the call to the stage. She and Ed were married November 27, 1947. They had five children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. | Shirley’s artistic talents translated into everything she did: child rearing, cooking, interior decorating, house selection, landscaping and social activities. She studied these very diligently and worked hard at them. These filled her artistic needs until the age of 40. At that time, feeling the approaching empty nest, she turned her artistic talents to enamels. Shirley was highly successful in all of the contests she entered. She exhibited works in many areas and states including Sasha Brastoff’s exhibit in Santa Monica, California, La Jolla and other galleries. She was selected to contribute an enamel work to the Judy Chicago exhibit, a well known work of the Feminists. At the age of 80, she turned her attention to the making of egg purses, due to the difficulties and dangers of enameling. True to her artistic nature, Shirley's purses evolved from a craft to a unique art form. Shirley enjoyed her artwork, though never personally recognized her ability as exceptional. Some days before her passing she said, “I can't think of any more designs I want to make.” Shirley has left a legacy of visual and auditory arts, family and beautiful purses to everyone. To her husband, she has left 63 years of total and complete love and effective assistance in all his undertakings. To the women of the world, she has left an example that family is also a form of art and a worthwhile, satisfying use of time and artistic vision.

BC: Photographed & Designed by Scott Campbell http://www.scottcampbellphotography.com

FC: 2011 | Celebration of Life - Shirley Bierman A Life Lived As Art | Cat

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