Mary "Ross" Strudwick ( -November 20, 2008) Visual artist living and working in Birmingham, AL. She was a painter, sculptor, installation artist and created elaborate altar pieces. She is best known for the altars which were very time consuming sometimes taking many months to accomplish a single piece. Ross died in the fall of 2008 and her memorial service was held at Bare Hands Gallery in Birmingham's Southside. Many consider Ross an artists' artist.
Ross was a true free spirit and Bohemian in the best sense of the word. Ross was an active member of the creative culture that pervaded Southside during the peace movement, Kerouac & the Beats, Henry Miller & Anais Nin.
Memorial Service for Ross Strudwick according to Craig Legg It was a great service today for Ross, held at Bare Hands Gallery, perhaps the greatest collection of old-time Southside bohemians gathered under one roof since the death of Gene Crutcher. A packed house, SRO, at least 200 in attendance, probably ... more, out the door. No preacher, thank God, hah! Johnny Coley led off the testimonials, telling a story of how he first met Ross, when she was living in a house with Karl Schaeffer (I think you know him). Funny story. Next, daughter Sonia spoke, giving heartfelt testimonial of growing up with Mom, visiting Museum of Modern Art in NYC, seeing young Baryshnikov, the dancer. Her sister spoke, saying how she "couldn't have been more different from Ross." Jonah Schaeffer told funny story of how his brother Karl was always "kicking me out of house where he lived with Ross, while Ross was always inviting me back in." Others spoke including Tommy Carr, 15th Avenue neighbor.