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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Message from Amsterdam

Today's mail brought sad news: Artist Rae Witvoet, who with her husband and partner Klaas Weert were a vibrant part of the Indianapolis art scene from the mid-1990s through 2002, died in Amsterdam on October 5.

Klaas and Rae collaborated on many projects, including paintings, installations and photographs, including a series of black-and-white images they took at the Indiana State Fair. Rae was a painter and an art therapist with an MA in clinical psychology; she was beautiful, intelligent, opinionated, and a very, very nice person.

She had a bout with cancer a while back, and at that time eschewed going the chemo and radiation route in favor of treating herself nutritionally with the fruit and vegetable smoothies that Klaas faithfully prepared for her several times a day. And ultimately, it wasn't the cancer that got her but a bacterial infection she picked up in a hospital while visiting her mother.

Rae's message consists of a card printed with her 1997 self-portrait Born with a Veil on one side and her poetic Last Will and Testament on the other. Thanks for the going-away present, Rae; have a wonderful journey.
M. Zane Grey, 5:44 PM