Bruce A. Kaiser – A Tribute   by Albert LeCoff

 

 

 

 

Bruce showing the 1999 Windgate ITE Fellows his and Marina’s Collection 

In December 2016, the wood art community lost a dedicated friend, collector, and expert volunteer.

Bruce Kaiser was a long-time friend of the Center, bringing his executive organizational skills to me and to the Center’s original Board of Trustees. Bruce served as the President for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999, and helped our nonprofit navigate its way off the ground successfully in many ways. Artists such as Bill Hunter and Ron Fleming served alongside Bruce in the early years.

For decades before that, Bruce and his wife, Marina, were avid collectors of fine art, glass, and art made from wood. Bruce was already interested in wood art when we met at the Snyderman Gallery in 1988. I kidnapped him away to see the International Turned Objects Show (ITOS) at the Port of History Museum, and he happily purchased Michelle Holzapfel’s Self-Portrait, which protrays a hand holding a bowl emerging from a burl.

Bruce will always be one of those unique individuals who created memories we will hold as long as we live. His parting is a great loss, but only because of his larger than life contributions to our fun and our lives.

(Above, left)Michelle Holzapfel’s Self-Portrait in the Kaiser’s home

(Below, left) Bruce talks about Hans Weissflog’s Ball Box to the 2003 Windgate ITE Fellows

Bruce and Marina together were always so hospitable to the Center’s summer Windgate ITE Fellows, and as
hosts to board meetings, special dinners, and retreats.  Each in our own ways, we were extremely lucky to have had Bruce in our lives. For me, it was like getting the best business coach in the world, though he admitted to me that he was kind of a Dutch uncle…direct but dedicated to helping. He always made himself available to me to consult on anything, whether some issue for the Center or on a personal level. Then Bruce and Marina decided to make their significant donations to the Center’s Museum Collection: those pieces became exciting, elegant, awe-striking additions.

Here is an email from Marina Kaiser. You can send messages of condolences to her:

Marina Kaiser, 720 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483

Phone number (302 388-6210) Email: lightheart10@comcast.net

Albert LeCoff

Co-Founder and Executive Director