Maudette Ball Finck passed away recently and we are compelled to mark her passing and pay tribute to her work for the City in areas that are stronger today for her creative spirit. She will be missed by the City and remembered gratefully for her many contributions. The following is her obituary published by the Ojai Valley News last week.-
“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maudette Ball Finck, who died on January 8th, 2021. Maudette was a painter and printmaker specializing in collagraphs and monotypes. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree and Certificate of Museum Studies from California State University Long Beach. She worked at the Whitney Museum NYC and later taught museum studies at CSULB and Public Art Admin for University California Irvine.
Prior to retiring to Ojai, she was an arts administrator, curator or director of arts programs and organizations for the city of Long Beach, University Art Museum at CSULB, Palos Verdes Arts Center, the Buck Collection of California Art and the John Wayne Arts Program.
Throughout her retirement she continued her passion and joy of art and was actively involved in and contributed to the Ojai arts community. Maudette was the former chairman, City of Ojai Arts Commission, board member and member of the Ojai Studio Artists and former board member of the Ojai Valley Museum and the Ojai Music Festival Womens’ Committee.
She is survived by her husband, soulmate and best friend Frank; three children: Erica, Brian, Alex; grandchildren Emily and Lukas, daughter- in-law Katie, son-in-law Peter, sister Martha and brother-in-law Richard. We will hold Maudette in our hearts and ask you for the same.”