Jean Tamburine Bertolli (Art)1930 – 2013
Born in Meriden and graduated from Meriden High School in 1941, she studied under premier art teachers in New York and New England.
She illustrated more than thirty books including eleven by noted folklorist May Justis.
She authored and illustrated children’s books including “I Think I Will Go To The Hospital,” created to prepare a young child for a hospital stay.
She was selected by Pearl Buck to produce renderings for the Pearl Buck Foundation which have been widely distributed.
Her paintings and drawings are represented in the collections of the Connecticut State Library; Nashville, Tennessee, Public library; Strong School of Hartford; L’Heure Joyeux, Paris, France; and private collections.
She was commissioned to do a theme sculpture for the Wallingford Public Library. It was dedicated in January 1986.
She has been awarded the Founder’s Prize of Pen and Brush, N.Y., N.Y.; Associate Member’s Prize, Academic Artists, Springfield, MA; First Prize Sculpture, Meriden Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden; and the Martha Moore Memorial Award for Portrait, Any Medium; Sculpture, “The Paisley Scarf,” Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
She was one of the 15 original commissioners appointed by Governor John Dempsey to the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who of American Women; Who’s Who in the East; Gale Research “Contemporary Authors” and “Something About The Author” and foremost Women in Communications.
She involved herself in the preservation of Meriden’s War Memorials, doing extensive research and raising funds for restoration.
She resided in Meriden with her family up until her passing in 2013.