A tribute to Marcia Dworkin

By Hannah Jarmain

Dearest Marcia,

I hope your son and daughter have access to this tribute, which was written to offer them some consolation. I also hope this message will reach you through telepathy. You, who are now resting in eternal peace and whom I wish to thank.

We met in January 2013 when I was invited to visit your home to select an art piece. That was barely eight months ago.

The Children’s Art Foundation had announced its upcoming art auction as a fund raiser for its outreach education Literacy Through Art program and had been looking for unique pieces and outstanding artists to put their work in our first contemporary art auction at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.

Many artists participated. Some were long-time friends, some I have not met before who were sympathetic to our foundation and wanted to help. You were one of them and called me out of the blue and offered your artwork.

You lived in a cozy art-filled home. As typical of artists, you were surrounded by several of your own artistic creations, a body of work over a lifetime, on various walls, from the floor to the ceiling. I remember seeing a small blue painting that caught my eye. It depicts a misty wave, sky high, shaped like angel wings crashing on the rocks below. Behind it was a dramatic purple sky. You took the painting down and gave it to me for the auction. – “Anything else you might like?” you asked. – (Marcia). Thank you for being such a kind soul. Your generosity was touching.

This painting “On the Rocks was created from your heart and donated to support our kids art program in the remote outreach areas of San Miguel. We saw each other occasionally after and then the shocking attack. I was so saddened to hear of your passing.

Marcia, I wish to remember you as an artist, a friend, a gentle soul, and not for the horrible way you left this earth. I want to see your name written in the stars, since the beginning of time, and stay in our hearts for eternity, associated with your charity work, your art.

I will put the blue painting “On the Rocks” in our auction so that your work gets to the hands of the people who love and appreciate you and I will tell the children in the Literacy Through art program about you, as a tribute to your generosity.

I wish your children the best of strength and courage to see them through this difficult time.

Last night I was reading a book of poems by one of the most spiritual author, Herman Hess. Below is the first poem, which I came across. The poem is dedicated to you.

Goodbye Marcia, until we meet again, renewed, like flowers and trees and grass.


About All Deaths by Herman Hess, excerpt


I have already died all deaths,

And I am going to die all deaths again,

Die the death of the wood in the tree,

Die the stone death in the mountain,

Earth death in the sand,

Leaf death in the crackling summer grass,

And the poor bloody human death.

And I will be born again, Flowers, Trees and Grass,

I will be born again

Fish and deer, bird and butterfly,

And out of every form

Longing will drag me up the stairways

Not to the last suffering of men,

But to the glorious track of creations.


Marcia Dworkin, formerly from Toronto, was a well-known artist in town. She began devoting her time to art in the mid 1990s. She loved oil paint and experimented with various other techniques. Marcia’s work ranges from realistic to semi-abstract expressionism. She had supported various charitable causes in San Miguel with her art.Marcia passed away September 26 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

To those people who were students or who knew Ms. Marcia Dworkin, please contact Atención, since there are people interested in her work.Send an email to the editor: jesusib@hotmail.com or call 152 3770 from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday


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