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Sandy Zenisek, 1953 - 2007
Corridor Painter

Sandy Zenisek, 2006 - Click for larger picture
Sandy Zenisek, at art opening, 2006

 Sandy Zenisek, Artist, 2001 - Center Gallery, Detroit
Sandy Zenisek at Center Gallery, Bradley Jones Exhibition, 2001

Macomb Daily
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sandy Zenisek
Sandy Zenisek, 53, of Tipton, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, in her home. She was born May 31, 1953, in Neenah, Wis.
Mrs. Zenisek was an artist and student-teacher of Wu Style Tai Chi.

She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Bob Vandervennet; son, Jesse (Sharon) Berninger; grandsons, Avery and Joshua; father, Carl A. Zenisek; sister, Kathleen (Paul Eckstein) Zenisek; and brother, Jeffrey Zenisek.
She was predeceased by her mother, Alice; and brother, David.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were directed by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lenawee, 415 Mill Road, Adrian, MI 49221.

Memories may be shared with the family at


There are few people in my life who have had as a profound impact on me as Sandy Zenisek, and her passing causes me deep grief.
I met Sandy through the immortal Michigan Gallery, which was the watering hole for a good section of the Corridor artists during the 1980-90's. We became good friends and Sandy came and visited me while I lived in New York.
Sandy had limitless curiosity, and amongst other things, mastered the somewhat intimidating medium of Micropointillism with an ease that was downright astonishing. Oh, how I wish I had one of those paintings now.
Her work was never limited by any medium; she mastered everything from oils to sculpture with a seeming ease that was breath taking. She was a bright, bright star that dazzled my firmament and I shall miss her.

Stephen Goodfellow

Bob Vandervennet
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 7:39 pm:
 Cancer took Sandy, a battle that lasted almost a year and a half. When she could no longer work bronze, she composed assemblages. She painted with watercolor pens until that time that the cancer took her from us. Her spirit could not be stopped.

M.Saffell Gardner
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 9:54 pm:
I'll always remember Sandy as an artist & friend living life to the fullest. I had the great fortune of working with her on a daily basis in the graphics department at the phone company. We would talk art and do tai chi whenever we could.
One spring about 16 years ago when I was taking care of my wife who was terminal, Sandy got me to take a break and go sailing with her and some friends. That was the kind of spirit she was.

Jerome Ferretti
Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:39 am:
we will all miss sandy. she was a real fun person. I especially enjoyed her trapeze in her loft.

Roger Robinson
Sandy always exhibited tremendous power, her art flowed with self confidence.
She understood color and knew how to use it.
Sandy Zenisek's are represented the very best of our generation.
I believed that with her energy and commitment she would live forever.

"Mary" writes,
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 3:02 pm:
I met Sandy in 1989, when Michael Klem introduced me to her. She took me into her heart and into her life, and had a profound effect upon me. We sailed together, drank together, made art together, went on adventures with each other. I was fortunate enough to model for her, and I have many of her paintings in my home. I miss you "SPandy".

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