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.
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.”
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.