Sara Pinkus remembered by her Gladys Weinberg, one of her students
THE THREE BEAUTIFUL WEINBERG GIRLS ALL TOOK ART LESSONS WITH SARA..SHE MADE ALL OUR PAINTINGS LOOK BETTER WHEN SHE PLACED A brush STROKE ON OUE CANVAS..SUDDENLY THE PAINTINGS WERE ALIVE..OUR PARENTS WERE CLOSE FRIENDS. OF SARA AND TOTO, AND WE ALL ENJOYED TOTO’s cooking , his talent and artistic persona…..Sara’s talent and loveliness. Sara did my portrait when I was thirteen, long red braids, and skillfully capturing my teenage personality.. I also have a portrait of my mother, done by Toto..as well as a large water color, by Sara of the Jamaica Bay…was thrilled to hear her honored by you…She was extremely talented and lived a bohemian life with Toto and could have been a heroine in a novel by Henry James…she deserved a happier ending …she is well remembered by all of us, and it was wonderful to read your tribute…which brought tears and happy memories….Thank you for your kindness to her,..Gladys Weinberg Post.
September 21, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
Sara and my mom, Anne Herbst, were friends from the late ’30s till after Toto’s death. I went to her studio on Saturdays but didn’t have the patience for oils. Unfortunately, acrylics hadn’t been invented…
Sara, Toto, my mother and my aunt Sunny were friends although like others, I recall the women complaining about Toto’s age and wishing Sara could “do better.”
I didn’t know she moved to McBride street and lost track of her in the 70s. My mother went on to continue her painting and sculpture and made a name for herself in Florida.
September 24, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
Your wondrous article took me back to 1945. That’s when I started taking art lessons from the incomparable Pinky. My time at that studio was a joy, and I remember it so vividly after all these years.
Thank you so much for sharing with us. But, my heart breaks thinking about her last years. She deserved better than that….to say the very least.
September 24, 2012 @ 8:11 pm
Thank you so much for your lovely note. Do you have an particular memory you could hsare with me about Sara? Best, Rochelle
October 15, 2012 @ 8:58 pm
Hi, Gladys, I hope I answered your email. All the memories I have of Sarah are in the essay. Best, Rochelle