Douglas Craft

Douglas Craft earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and was an Associate Professor of painting there from 1955 to 1966. He also taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Craft, who was born in 1924, now makes his residence is in Jeffersonville, New York, in a home he shares with his wife, the fine artist Elizabeth Harms.

Above: Susquehanna, oil on canvas, detail.

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9 Responses to Douglas Craft

  1. invincible pioneer says:

    DOUG! I found you! This is Ellen Ward, one of your former CNR students. You were such an inspiration to me! Hoping you are well and enjoying life!

    • bgref19 says:

      Hi Ellen –
      Great! Glad you found the site. Doug is doing pretty well, alright. I am going to say he is 86 and still feisty and smart. I will pass along your message.
      I am a friend who is also the site moderator, so to speak. Feel free to send any messages to me at familygref@yahoo.com and I will pass them along to Doug. He does not really use the internet.
      Yours truly,
      Barbara

    • admin19 says:

      Dear Ellen – I wanted to let you know that Doug Craft passed away on Wednesday evening (Oct. 14). I know you had been in touch with him. He died peacefully and was under the care of a nursing home.
      Betty is doing OK.
      We are planning a one afternoon exhibit at a gallery here on Nov. 1.
      We wonder if you would like to send a statement about Doug as a teacher or artist. We will display some statements.
      If so, you can reply directly to me at barbaragref@yahoo.com.
      Be well!

  2. LeslieAnn Leen says:

    Hello, Barbara:
    I am the neice of a good friend (Jim Cassell) of Doug and Bettys. My uncle Jim was the best man at their wedding. He just hung the phone up from talking to Doug. So Jim said maybe he has
    some work on the internet. I am delighted to find a few sites.
    Please tell Doug that Jim enjoyed his call tonight and I am enjoyed searching information about him.
    Sincerely,
    LeslieAnn Leen ( Cassell)

    • admin19 says:

      Dear LeslieAnn – I wanted to let you know that Doug Craft passed away on Wednesday evening (Oct. 14). I know your uncle had been in touch with him. He died peacefully and was under the care of a nursing home. Betty is doing OK.
      Be well!

  3. Gretchen Bingham says:

    Hi Doug! It’s Gretchen and Jack Bingham here. I just realized that I sent off an email to what I thought was the website of the Delaware Valley show, and here it’s your wordpress site!! You and Betty I hope are doing well. It is such a pleasure to see your art! We have both of your small works in our living space.
    We live now in the historic district of Toronto, and continue our love of arts and fine craft in Canada.
    We are thinking of taking a trip through upstate NY on our way down to NYC in May. It would be such a treat to see you both. Let us know if that is at all possible. We can be more clear on dates soon. Our contact information:
    Jack and Gretchen Bingham
    46R Spruce Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 2H9
    binghamtoronto@yahoo.ca
    416-254-4405

    • admin19 says:

      Dear Gretchen – I wanted to let you know that Doug Craft passed away on Wednesday evening (Oct. 14). I know you had been in touch with him. He died peacefully and was under the care of a nursing home. Betty is doing OK.
      Be well!

  4. Gretchen and Jack Bingham says:

    Hello. To whomever sent us notice about Doug. Thankyou for letting us know; we appreciate it. We made a trip down to see Doug and Betty a few years ago and were so happy we did. I’ll send Betty a note next week. We would like to make a contribution if you can inform us of any local efforts in that regard. binghamtoronto@yahoo.ca

    • admin19 says:

      Thank you, Gretchen.
      We are friends and neighbors of Doug and Betty’s. We’re sitting with Betty now.
      She appreciates your kind thoughts.
      We’ll be in touch. We’re not sure if there will be a contribution opportunity quite yet.

      Barbara & Kevin Gref, Jeffersonville, NY

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