Mary Laredo Herbeck 1955-2010

We heard Saturday that Mary Laredo Herbeck had died the day before, October 1.  She’ll be greatly missed.  I offer my condolences to her friends and family and to Vito Valdez.

Mary was a visual artist as well as a flamenco dancer.  She was also an important part of the local arts community.   She’d always help and encourage her fellow artists. 

Recently, she did this through helping run two Detroit arts spaces.  She was gallery director at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery.  She was also a founder of SWAN (Southwest Artist’s Network of Detroit).

I knew her too, through the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue.  In 2006, when she first became ill, we had a benefit, to help with her treatment, The Dance of Life.  It was a memorable evening, magical even.  I performed with the Don’t Look Now Jug Band.  There was music, flamenco dancing and more.  In 2007 she was part of the exhibit AZUNTUNARASHAREDO.  I enjoyed seeing her art and her dancing. 

It was always great to see her.   There were many excellent exhibits at the Ellen Kayrod and Swan Galleries. 

Earlier this year, I heard she was ill again.  In July, there was another benefit in Southwest Detroit.  I was concerned about her.  Then came the word of her passing.

It’s been a rough year for the Detroit Arts scene.  Mick Vranich, Ron Allen and Mary Laredo Herbeck were three of our very best and brightest.

TODAY:  A memorial will be held at historic Ste. Anne de Detroit, 1000 Ste. Anne, Detroit, Michigan 48216 (next to the Ambassador Bridge) on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the church hall.

Mary’s blog:

The 2006 benefit at Zeitgeist:

On the 2007 AZUNTUNARASHAREDO exhibit at Zeitgeist:

On a 2008 show at the 555 Gallery:

Information on the art bench project:

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