Colorado Springs artist celebrates 102nd birthday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Wearing a crown-like headpiece declaring herself "older than dirt," a Colorado Springs area artist has celebrated her 102nd birthday at the gallery she helped found.

The Gazette ( ) reported that Sunday's reception for Marian Busey at Arati Artists Gallery drew a stream of well-wishers. Busey trained at Ohio State and taught art in Ohio's public schools, later moving to Boulder with her husband, a University of Colorado professor. The couple moved to the Colorado Springs area when Jim Busey, who died in 2007, retired in 1965.

Busey co-founded Arati in 1977 and now is the only original member. In 1986, she was among the founders of the Pikes Peak Water Color Society.

Busey specialized in water colors. In recent years, as her eyesight weakened, she switched to hand-pulled print making.


Information from: The Gazette,