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Service to celebrate life of Lucas artist who died recently

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Sep. 23, 2013, at 5:52 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.

The friends and family of Eric Abraham, the Lucas artist who owned the Flying Pig Studio and Gallery, plan on wearing blue denim or chambray and going barefoot in his honor, said Rosslyn Schultz, executive director of the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas

A celebration of life service for Mr. Abraham will be 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Bowl Plaza in Lucas. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs, dress appropriately and bring photos of Mr. Abraham for a montage that will be shown in Lucas throughout that day.

“We are asking people to wear denim and chambray and go barefoot, as that was Eric’s most common attire,” Schultz said.

After the service, ice cream will be served, Schultz said, because that was the artist’s favorite treat.

Mr. Abraham died earlier this month from complications following colon cancer surgery.

In 2004, Mr. Abraham moved to Lucas, where he bought an old car dealership building and renovated it into the Flying Pig Studio and Gallery. One of his favorite mediums was porcelain because it allowed him to use bright colors.

The community, particularly the Grassroots Art Center, has been inundated with cards and letters as news spread quickly of his death, Schultz said.

“It has been far and wide,” she said. “We’ve gotten cards from Georgia, California and I don’t know where else, and people come up to us and say, ‘I bet you are really going to miss him.’ ”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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