Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Anne Adams Robertson Massie 1931-2015
VCCA is saddened to hear of the death of Anne Adams Robertson Massie on Sunday, February 8 at the age of 83. A native of Lynchburg, Annie, as she was known, was a graduate of Randolph Macon Women’s College with a B.A. in English. It was a subject she taught for five years at E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg from 1955-1960.
Soft-spoken with an innate graciousness, Annie had an enormous influence on Lynchburg, channeling her passions for art, historic preservation and gardening for the betterment of the city.
Annie, who was a VCCA Fellow (October 1997) and also a board member (1995-2005), was nationally recognized for her watercolor paintings, which, combining softness with acuity, were emblematic of herself.
Annie’s many accolades include the designation of Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. In 1993 in New York City she received the American Watercolor Society’s highest award, the Gold Medal of Honor. She received the Virginia Watercolor Society Best in Show Award in 1992 and again in 1997. In 1995 Randolph-Macon Woman’s College awarded Annie their Alumnae Achievement Award. In 1998 L’Association des Amis de la Grande Vigne granted a residency in Dinan, Brittany, France. Her work was chosen to be Lynchburg’s first official gift to sister city Rueil Malmaison, France. Annie studied with Pierre Daura, John Pike, Rex Brandt, Charles Reid, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Alex Powers among others.
VCCA extends its condolences to her husband of 55 years Dr. William McKinnon Massie, her children and grandchildren and her wide circle of friends and admirers.