Gladys Bloch, 100, Artist, Teacher

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Gladys Krieger Bloch, diminutive in size (4 feet 8 inches) but a towering figure for years on the local art scene, died Dec. 5 at age 100.
 


Gladys Krieger Bloch, diminutive in size (4 feet 8 inches) but a towering figure for years on the local art scene, died Dec. 5 at age 100.
 
Her work has been in many public and private collections. Some of her solo exhibitions include the Women’s University Club, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Art Teachers Association, with group shows at such sites as the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park.
 
Bloch created and taught classes at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel at its former Broad Street site, as well as at other synagogues.
 
She also taught at the Cheltenham Art Center, Gillespie Junior High School and the Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she was appointed chairman of the art department. 
 
She once called her works “a culmination of elements and form moving in a plastic, organic manner within the space of the canvas. Although I have learned much in the academia of my training, I have pulled away from that formality to distort, change, eliminate forms of nature, to create forms and color integral to my painting. “When all the elements seem to fall into place, there is a painting.”
 
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Hirsh; a son, Robert Bloch; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

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