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The Unforgettable Vicki Behm

madonnaOf course there was a mariachi band . . .and free art for everyone. A few weeks ago we celebrated the life of Vicki Behm, our beloved artist-colleague at the gallery, who passed away in February. Her indomitable spirit and flair for the perfect artistic gesture was evident in how she spent her last months: she put together a retrospective including her iconic sketchbooks and journals. She even planned her own memorial service that was as quirky, personal, and beautiful as she was.


The service began at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in the West Village. Over the years Vicki spent a lot of time in Oaxaca, Mexico, and that flavored her art and the soundtrack of the service. The mariachi band Mariachi sol Mixteco and The Park Avenue Armory Artist Chorus performed with zest and elegance. Friends and family regaled the packed church with memories and stories that elicited laughter, applause, and tears. However, true to herself, she did not allow us to dwell in pathos for long. At the end of the service the entire congregation was invited to follow the mariachi band as it played joyfully through the streets to the courtyard of the building where she and her husband Glenn lived.



There everyone was greeted with spring flowers donated by Vicki’s coworkers at The Park Avenue Armory and Studio in a School.

hyacinthPrints of her work hung from criss-crossing clotheslines. Guests were told to take a drawing in remembrance.

taking drawing

We all were lucky enough to take a small piece of Vicki home with us.

clothesline clock

Donations in Vicki Behm’s memory may be made to Studio in a School, 75 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Joyce Lawler, and to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at http://www.pancan.org.




5 comments on “The Unforgettable Vicki Behm

  1. Jo-Ann Acey
    May 16, 2018

    Thank you so much for this beautiful and touching article. I felt Vicki walking along with us through the neighborhood that she loved! As always, Vicki planned it perfectly! A joy-filled gift to us all! And a special thanks to Glen and all her dear friends who brought us together to celebrate a most wonderful life lived.

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  2. Joy Makon
    May 16, 2018

    A wonderful memory for the ultimate planner that Vicki was! Her attention to detail was amazing—it left an indelible mark on all who knew her.


  3. Gail Flanery
    May 16, 2018

    This is very wonderful. Thank you Tricia


  4. gcaroddo
    May 16, 2018

    She was the best person, really. I don’t have the heart to tell my kids and probably just won’t (the younger, who attended 440 workshops with her brother, is 9…). Feeling grateful just to have had the experience of knowing her.


  5. Janet L Pedersen
    May 16, 2018

    Wow, what lovely event…. I missed out on knowing Vicki, but I’m glad I have a piece of her art!


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