Cherished Sonoma artist Lin Lipetz dies

Beloved artist, mentor, community member and mother, Lin Lipetz, died in her home Sunday, Jan. 5, after a recent illness. She was 85.

Born in Bozeman, Mont., in 1928, Lipetz was drawn to art at an early age. She went on to get a master of fine arts degree at the University of Washington in ceramics, textiles and painting. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in interior architecture.

“A loving mother,” Lipetz is survived by her son, Brad, and daughter Jan, as well as a niece and nephew. “Lin (Lipetz) was a true teacher to the end, leaving us with a guide to navigate our own spiritual universe,” Brad said, referencing Lipetz’s book “The Secret of Inner Presence.”

“To say she was an author, artist, instructor, realtor and interior architect is only scratching the surface to all who knew her …,” he said.

While living in Seattle, Lipetz founded and directed the University of Washington’s Factory of Visual Art.

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