Remembering Alberta Cifolelli

Alberta Cifolelli — for decades one of Westport’s most prominent artists, and a longstanding contributor to our town’s cultural scene — died on Saturday. Her home and her art were by her side.

Alberta Cifolelli

The Kent State University and Cleveland Institute of Art graduate painted prolifically in the 1960s, while raising 3 boys, and teaching at both the Laurel School in Shaker Heights and the Cleveland Institute.

In 1970 she moved to Westport, where her career flourished. Her work was part of the “4 Centuries of Women” exhibit, sponsored by the National Museum of Women, which toured the US and Japan in the 1990s. Her painting “Cleavage” is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

“My work is intensely personal, and alludes to events in my life,” she wrote in 2016. “Changes in my work over more than 6 decades hve been driven by an inner need for development rather than dictated by fashion.

“My work has never fit neatly into the mainstream, nor have I been identified as part of a school.”

“Interior” (1988, pastel on paper — Alberta Cifolelli)

Survivors include her husband Charles P. Lamb Jr.; sons Mark, John and Todd, and 2 grandchildren. A celebration of Alberta’s life is planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alberta’s memory may be made to the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

5 responses to “Remembering Alberta Cifolelli

  1. Alberta Cifolelli had the most amazing spirit. I salute her brilliance and the humor with which she met all of life. We’ve lost a great lady.

  2. Edward Karazin

    When we built the new Courthouse in Stamford we hung 2 of her pastel on paper art works. One was called “Interior II” and “On my Way” both done in 1997. They are hanging in the lobby of the sixth floor. I enjoy them every day on my way into court. Judge Ed Karazin

  3. Todd Freeman

    Alberta was a creative force! And a great neighbor… She inspired our daughter to pursue art. And we are honored to have one of her beautiful paintings hanging prominently in our home. We will miss her.

  4. Cheryl McKenna

    So sorry to hear of her passing . Such a kind a talented woman . My condolences to her family

  5. Diana Pils Marino

    I am so sorry about your Mom John. My prayers and condolences for the entire Lamb family. She was lovely and talented. I’m so glad that I had gotten to meet her a few times at your music gigs. She was so proud of you. May she rest in peace. 🌺🙏😇✝️