Maiga M. Linnolt
- July 8, 1926 - April 28, 2012
- Cambridge, New York
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Maiga Linnolt, 85, an internationally renowned artist and former Cambridge resident, passed peacefully in the evening hours of Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Hoosick Falls Health Center with her devoted son Ingemar by her side. She was the widow of Alexander Linnolt, who died over 20 years ago.
Born in Kurland, Latvia on the shores of the Baltic Sea, on July 8, 1926, she was the only child of Ansis and Anna Marija Freibergs. After moving to Germany, she studied art in Stuttgart and Esslingen, graduating with a specialty in figural and portraiture oil painting. In 1952 she moved to New York City and continued her studies.
Freiberg-Linnolt, as she was known professionally, had her first one woman show in 1953, and continued to show her entire life. She painted portraits, figural compositions and in more recent years, still lifes of flowers and fruit. She and her family moved first to Saratoga and then settled in Cambridge 35 years ago. Maiga loved the peace and beauty of Washington County and was inspired by the country life. In an interview in 2002 she said, "With so many subjects to paint one life-time seems too short." Her work can be found in private collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, Hawaii and Australia. Locally she has exhibited at the Berkshire Museum, The Southern Vermont Art Association and Ginofor Gallery.
Although failing health necessitated her moving to the Hoosick Falls Health Center in 2010, Maiga continued to paint. Her room was an active studio where she painted on a smaller scale, using fruits and flowers as her subjects. Last year she hung her last exhibit in the hall ways of the Health Center much to the delight of the other residents, visitors and those who came to the facility just to view her work.
Maiga's work can be seen and purchased at Ginofor Gallery in Cambridge and online at www.maiga-art.weebly.com.
She is survived by two sons, Michael A. Linnolt and his wife Rie of Hawaii and Ingemar J. Linnolt of Cambridge and a granddaughter Maya.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 10 AM to noon at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. A time for sharing will start at noon. Please come and share your memories of this talented woman.
Maiga will be buried at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, overlooking the beauty of the Washington County countryside that she loved so much and captured so wonderfully on canvas.