This morning I learned of the death of Laura Rothstein, so today at the Harlow Gallery we honor her memory and her dedication to the gallery over the years. Laura Rothstein was a key volunteer at the Harlow Gallery through the 70’s and 80’s. She served on our board of directors for at least 10 years, and held the office of President for most of those years. We owe Laura Rothstein, and the other volunteers from her generation, a debt of gratitude for carrying the legacy of the Harlow Gallery and the Kennebec Valley Art Association forward to the present day. Their commitment to supporting the arts in Central Maine continues to benefit the entire community to this day. –Deb Fahy 10/22/2014
Laura Maxine Rothstein
Laura Maxine Rothstein, formerly of Augusta and Old Orchard Beach died on October 19, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer’s. Beloved wife of the late Charles Rothstein, they were married for 64 years until his death in August, 2014. Laura was born June 1, 1929 in Rochester, New York, child of the late Leon and Dorothy Goldman. Laura earned an Associate Degree in Applied Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1950. Laura’s first job, technical drawing for the aeronautics industry drew on her artistic skills. In 1956 they moved to Augusta, where they raised four daughters. She was an active volunteer in the Augusta schools.
Painting and drawing played a big role in Laura’s life. She often visited the Maine coast where she always had her sketchbook or paints in hand. She continued her art education throughout her life at the University of Maine at Augusta and Unity College. She went on painting tours to Ireland and Italy, which inspired several of her finest watercolours.
Her love of art extended not only to painting and drawing, but to her active social life with a wide circle of Maine artists. In addition, Laura devoted many decades to volunteering in the Augusta-Hallowell arts community where she organized and installed art shows at the Harlow Gallery and was past president of the Kennebec Valley Arts Association. She held several positions in the arts at UMA, was Chair of Forum-A, bringing performance arts to the community, member of the Community School Arts Organization, and a founder of the Maine Arts Sponsors Association. In the mid-1970s Laura was Gallery Director of the Talent Tree Art Gallery in Chelsea, ME. Laura was also an active member of Temple Beth El, Augusta, where she held various volunteer positions in Hadassah (Sisterhood). From 1983-1993 she was a program developer and field coordinator with the Maine Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Laura was an excellent cook who loved to entertain. She enjoyed gardening at their former summer camp on Great Pond, Belgrade, ME.
Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Old Orchard Beach, where she enjoyed being with her grandchildren, painting, drawing, and trips to New Zealand.
Despite living with dementia, Laura’s warm personality and love of people remained intact and she continued to love listening to music, singing and dancing. Laura is survived by four daughters, Diana Rothstein of Dunedin, New Zealand, Linda Rothstein Adrezin of Los Angeles, CA, Lisa Rothstein of Newton, MA, Lorene DeWolfe of Falmouth, Me, and grandchildren Joel O’Shea, Olivia, Jared, and Celia DeWolfe, Isabel and Zachary Kaplan. Laura was interred at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Portland, Maine. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Laura’s life and her art works, which will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Jewish Museum of Maine, 267 Congress St. Portland, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347, www.harlowgallery.org, or to the Alzheimers’Association at www.alz.org.