Judith Gambert, a professional watercolorist and longtime member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society, who’s work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, died Saturday, Aug. 20 in Beth Israel Medical Center, Brooklyn Campus, after a short illness.
Gambert’s sketchbooks traveled with her on family vacations to capture the vistas and scenes that she’d often see in New England and Virginia. She studied with renowned artists Eleanor Dragonette, Phyllis Rutigliano, Marion Brown and Ed Whitney, and her work received many awards and was exhibited in numerous venues. She attended the Tyler School of the Arts of Temple University in Elkins Park, Pa.
Gambert was also a consummate pianist who could attend a Broadway musical, come home and entertain her family by playing the entire score from memory.
Born Judith Kaplan in Bushwick, as a small child she moved to East Flatbush before settling in Marine Park in 1951, with her husband, Herbert, a World War II veteran and New York City school teacher. He died in July 2009 after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Gambert was interred Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, Long Island. Her daughter presided at her private service. Her family is sitting Shiva for her in their Marine Park home in the Reform Jewish tradition of three days.
Mrs. Gambert is survived by her son William, her daughter, Alice Gambert-Phillips, and her granddaughter Lauren Phillips, a paramedic who helped care for her grandmother in the hospital. Mrs. Gambert was also the sister of the late Irma Marcus of Marlboro, New Jersey and the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Kaplan.