Sculptor and painter Jeff Lohaus died suddenly over Memorial weekend.
Lohaus once sold miniature sculptures of a pierogi on a fork, fundraising for a larger installation surrounded by words in several languages to celebrate the many cultures that have foods similar to the Polish or Ukrainian pierogi.
Fellow artist Jack Pavlik said on Facebook “I knew Jeff in the way that many people at our building had, in short conversations spread out over long periods. I did have the honor of having him in a number of exhibitions …he was a big help in setting up the shows and was always a friendly spirit.
His work had beauty, wit, and sarcasm and will be missed.”
Kathleen Sullivan of 2001A Space said of her friend, “I can’t believe we will never see that tall, kinky haired guy at openings, gatherings and Grumpy’s.”
Classmates and more recent colleagues described him as kind and gentle, his art “wonderful.”