Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Corinne Buckalew: 1966 - 2011

Corinne Buckalew at Apella in New York on April 7 Photographer: Jerry Ruotolo

We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic death of our friend and board member Corinne Buckalew, who perished yesterday in a plane crash with her husband, Jeff, and their young children, Jackson and Meriwether. An experienced pilot, Jeff was flying the family and a business colleague from New Jersey to Georgia. Ice is expected to be a factor.

Corinne was a visual artist, former art teacher and sole proprietor of Corinne Buckalew Designs.
She joined the board of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on July 1, 2010. On her first visit to VCCA as a new board member, her warmth and open delight in the beauty of Mt. San Angelo were immediately endearing. She exemplified that compelling combination of gracious southern charm burnished with a quiet metropolitan sophistication.

Immediately pulled into the whirl of 40th anniversary events, Corinne generously shared her time and artistry. We remember Corinne arriving with mounds of flowers for the New York event at Apella on April 7. As she walked toward us, her smiling blue eyes sparkled in a haze of lavender flowers that drifted and bobbed around her. In no time at all, beautiful bouquets of delicate purple and green were strewn throughout the room. It's hard to remember what the flowers were, but her smile was unforgettable.
 

"The entire VCCA family is deeply saddened by the heartbreaking death of Corinne, Jeff, Jackson and Meriwether," said VCCA Board President Tina Walls, "Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends during this difficult time." 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to any of the following: VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts), 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, Virginia 24521), Good Shepherd Services (305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001), The Gillen Brewer School (410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128), Jefferson's Monticello, or Holy Trinity (607 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401). On line condolences may be sent HERE 

3 comments:

Meredith Pond said...

My condolences to everyone.

Karen said...

A sad, and shocking loss. My sympathies to all families - including the VCCA family.

Kim Church said...

Our deepest sympathy.
Kim Church & Anthony Ulinski