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Artist Biography: Marilyn Thompson

Spending her youth on a small farm in Connecticut, Marilyn enjoyed the beauty of nature and the love of a closely knit family. She enjoyed school and as a high school student was very active in Drama Workshop, Art and Music. She played the trumpet and competed in area drum corps. She was also a cheerleader and member of the National Honor Society. Marilyn's nursing career began at the Hospital of St. Raphaels, New Haven, Connecticut, where she received her diploma in nursing. She is married to William Thompson and they have three children.

Her husband's career took her to New Jersey where as an R.N. Head Nurse she helped establish one of New Jersey's first Mental Health Centers in Elizabeth, NJ. With a psychiatric team she worked to support newly discharged patients in the community. She later helped establish New Jersey's first hospice and the National Hospice Organization. She was Project Director and received one of three grants for an inpatient hospice from the National Cancer Institute, for $1,500,000. While Administrator/Executive Director of the Center of Hope Hospice, she became involved in Art therapy, helping families as they healed from the death or impending death of their loved one. Marilyn grew to appreciate the healing power of art and continued to perfect her ability to draw and paint. Marilyn also attended Seton Hall University, New York University, Morris County College, and The University of New Haven.

Following a full nursing career, Marilyn and her husband retired back to Connecticut, and then moved to Springfield, Vermont to join their sons who had established Cavendish Game Birds, Inc. Here, they built their present home. Since moving to Vermont, she has continued her painting and nursing. In 2008, Marilyn was elected to serve on the Springfield School Board. She served as Vice President and President of the Saxtons River Art Guild, and the Board of Trustees of the Miller Art Center and Springfield Art and Historical Society. She is a past director and incorporator of the Gallery at the Vault. An award winning artist, her work is presently exhibited at the Hartness House Gallery, and St. Mary's Gallery in Springfield. She also exhibits at the Library Arts Center Gallery in Newport, N.H. Her works are part of numerous private collections in Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana, New York, Connectcut, Massachusetts and Vermont.