2007-11-08 / News

Happy 100th birthday Connie

Connie Armbrust Connie Armbrust Connie Armbrust will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, Nov.10, with a small family party at the South County Nursing Center.

Born on Nov. 7, 1907 in Concord, N.H., she studied art at the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences. After art school, she worked in Boston and studied fashion drawing.

In 1936, Connie married Henry Armbrust and moved to Providence. After the arrival of their son, Peter Armbrust, and daughter, Linda Warner, they moved to Jamestown in 1943.

In 1948, Connie began studying art with Catherine "Kit" Wright. Over the next several years she also studied decorative painting and taught painting classes.

Many longtime local residents will remember her cutting silhouettes at all the church fairs in Jamestown. During her career she also worked in oils, watercolor, and pen and ink. In 1957, Connie designed a commemorative plate for the Jamestown Tercentenary celebration and in the 1950's participated in the restoration of the Jamestown Fire Department's 1854 LaFrance pumper. In 1976, the Bank of Newport commissioned Connie to paint a picture of "Jamestown waterfront, circa 1910." It was hung in their new Jamestown branch where it can be seen to this day.

Connie is well known for her set of mugs with Jamestown scenes, as well as tiles and notecards. In February 1984, a set of her mugs was presented to President Ronald Reagan at the White House.

Connie is a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where she sang in the choir for over 40 years. She has been involved in many community organizations including the Quononoquott Garden Club, Conanicut Grange, Conanicut Art Association, Jamestown Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution.

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