Remembering and Celebrating Loli Stams
It is with great sadness that the Fluvanna Art Association lost longtime member and successful artist Loli Stams.
Specializing in acrylic painting, Loli had an avid interest in continuing to learn new techniques and try different methods and media, always challenging herself. Together with her husband Paul Stams, Loli was very active within the arts community, displaying and selling her work in a number of local shows, galleries, and other venues.
But more than that, Loli was a ready friend, with a warm smile, a helping hand, a kind heart, and an adventurous spirit. Her sense of humor, terrific story-telling ability, and quick wit brightened any day, and through her art she touched the lives of strangers as well as friends.
Please take a few moments to join us in celebrating Loli’s life by reading the following, written by Loli and copied many times for delighted gallery customers who purchased her paintings:
“Loli’s love of art goes back to her early childhood. Born and raised in New York City, Loli applied and was accepted to study Advertising and Fashion Illustration at the High School of Art and Design. She went on to the Fashion Institute of Technology for a short period of time before marrying and starting a family……….Life took a turn. After becoming a widow at the tender age of 27, she remarried to Paul Stams, himself a father of 2. Loli went back to school and studied Health Care Administration. She made her career and retired from this field.
Art and its appreciation still remained a large part of her focus when making a home with Paul and their combined 4 children, and when traveling.
Fast forward to Fluvanna in 1999. Now the Stams are fully retired and residents of Fluvanna County.
Loli wanted to learn to do “fine art”. The first baby step for Loli was to enroll in a drawing class at PVCC. She continued this practice for several years until an illness prevented her from actively continuing her study and practice of art.
Within the last 4-5 years, Loli has once again decided to “do more art” and she joined Windy Payne’s painting group in the spring of 2011. This has been a turning point in Loli’s artistic painting endeavor. The knowledge and support she received at PVCC was immeasurable. She has continued her studies with Karen Blair, and has taken classes at some of the area art schools.
Loli seems to thrive in these types of settings. She also helped organize a small painting group that meets weekly.
Lastly she rejoined the local art association with her husband Paul, a photographer. They share a love of art and are helpful in giving each other honest feedback on the progress of their individual art projects. They seem to thrive by supporting and admiring the work that their partner does.”
A regular attendee of FAA monthly meetings, Loli was “a real force within the association”, according to President Susan Lang, bringing her creativity, positive energy and infectious joy to each gathering.
We are grateful for her lasting friendship, helpful advice, and genuine caring. Let us remember Loli with joy, and hold her in our hearts always.