More MS news articles for June 2001

Well-known local artist Von de Bardeleben dies at age 54

By Emilio Sahurie
Staff Writer
June 25, 2001

TUSCALOOSA - Not even a degenerative disorder could impede Anna Von de Bardeleben's love of art.

When multiple sclerosis slowed her mobility or kept her from painting detailed landscapes, Bardeleben concentrated on abstract paintings.

"She created work during a difficult time," said Kentuck executive director Miah Michaelsen. "It's an extraordinary testament to the love she had for art in her life."

Well-known in local art circles, Bardeleben died Saturday at her Tuscaloosa home. She was 54.

A native of Huntsville, Bardeleben was the president of West Alabama Art Association and she founded the MS Society of Tuscaloosa.

An artist for more than 20 years, Bardeleben had studied art in America and abroad. Creating art was an escape for Bardeleben, said her daughter, Megan McLeod.

"For her, painting was an expression of freedom," McLeod said. "She was able to lose the pain."

McLeod and Bardeleben share a mother-daughter exhibit at the Junior League Art Gallery at the Bama Theatre. Preparing for that art show, Bardeleben wrote some notes about her background and her work.

"What is art?" Bardeleben wrote. "It begins with man's awareness. It's everything that we feel, we touch and experience."

Stricken with MS in her 40s, Bardeleben founded the MS Society of Atlanta, the MS Society of Tuscaloosa and was outspoken statewide.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church. The family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, to the National MS Society, 733 Third Ave., New York, NY., 10017.

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