Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind04459
  • Name: John Arthur FONDA
  • Given Name: John Arthur
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 MAY 1929 in Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY
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  • Death: 15 OCT 1992
  • Age: 63y 4m 16d in Baltimore, MD
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    b. Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY; 1930 US Federal Census, Mayfield, Fulton Co., NY; 1940 US Federal Census, Mayfield, Fulton Co., NY (John Fonda, b. 1930, NY, Son, Earl, Florence); SSDI Baltimore, MD; o. Artist, Curator, Teacher; BFA Cartography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; 1976 MFA Ceramics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; [U. S. Social Security Appl. and Claims Index - John Arthur Fonda; b. 5/29/1929 in Gloversville, New York; d. 10/15/1992; Father: Earle J Fonda, Mother: Florence C Weben] >> <<

    [The John Fonda Gallery located at Theatre Project is dedicated to providing the contemporary visual artist of Baltimore a vital venue to present shows featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and fiber arts. This arrangement of gallery and performance space creates an opportunity for dialog as visual artists and performing artists exhibit their work side by side. The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project was dedicated on January 14, 1993 to the memory of John Fonda, who served as curator of the gallery and nurtured Baltimore arts and artists]; [Syracuse Mall Holds Fascinating Art Galleries - The Syracuse Mall, on South Salina Street at Clinton Square, contains two galleries plus the continually fascinating Village Square with its varied assortment of mini-shops manned by working craftsmen. Also on the lower level of the Mall is Artifact, the most "with-it" gallery in Syracuse and environs. For the first time in many months Artifact if featuring a new exhibition - "Works in Clay for 76'' by John Fonda and David Mac- Donald. John Fonda received his M.F.A. this year from Syracuse University and teaches ceramics at the Everson Museum. As part of his degree program he developed a process whereby photo images can be integrated with the clay surface ? printed on the piece in under-glaze colors by means of a photographic rather than a printmaking process. City Scene in Photo Image - The object is usually a slab plate, raku fired with characteristic crackling and rough, unfinished edges. Some are totally flat, some gently curved into shallow bowls. The images, usually segments of bare trees, are printed in black, brown or dark green on pale grey or off-white. Several wall pieces by Fonda resemble in shape the front of television receivers. Each of these pieces has a photo image of a city environment: "Interchange," "Street Scene," "After the Last Snow." Other pieces by Fonda include two slabs decorated with stars and stripes and another with chevron stripes. The wall piece "Distant Thunderstorm" is a collection of grey cloud forms effectively arranged on a white background and framed in silver. Syracuse Herald-American, 1976-07-04]

    [John Fonda, artist and Santa, dies - Baltimore's Santa Claus -- a gentle man named John Fonda whose gifts to local artists are too long for any list -- died of heart failure Thursday as his friends prepared to honor his life's work. A master of ceramics who co-founded the annual SoWeBo arts festival near the Hollins Street market, Mr. Fonda died at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 63. A memorial service for Mr. Fonda, a vehement opponent of censorship, will be held at 1:35 p.m. Monday in the square at the foot of Broadway in Fells Point. "John made most of his money playing Santa Claus and spent most of his money supporting the arts in Baltimore,'' said Teddy Getzel, owner of the Cultured Pearl cafe. "He always had an encouraging word for young artists unsure of themselves.'' A resident of Fells Point since the late 1970s, Mr. Fonda worked for the past 11 years as "the real Santa'' at White Marsh Mall. His likeness to the true Saint Nicholas was so uncanny that he needed nary a prop to conjure the good man of Christmas. Crinkling his eyes and holding a finger aside of his nose was enough. Although he embraced the likeness -- his phone number was 685-HoHo -- Mr. Fonda saw the blessing as mixed. "Santa Claus kept him alive for most of the year,'' said Marc Fonda of Ontario, one of his two sons. "He would get requests for photo shoots from the Eastern Shore to New York. But when he wasn't doing the gig, he'd sometimes be chagrined to be recognized as Santa Claus across the country.'' What he loved most was making art: ceramics and in later years "paintings of fantastic studies in color,'' according to Mr. Getzel. A collector of erotic art and works by women, Mr. Fonda was renowned for rousing others -- young, old, poor, handicapped and those disenfranchised from tradition and the establishment -- to find the art inside themselves. "John was hope,'' said Ellen Dontigney, longtime impresario of outlandish art events. "As an artist on the outside you often feel like you're nobody, but he made you feel like you were somebody. He created opportunity for many, many people.'' She added: "I can't believe John's gone. He was ho-ho-ho-ing just last Christmas.'' On Sunday, Oct. 25, the "Fonda-Rama'' art and music extravaganza will be held at the Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St., to raise money in Mr. Fonda's name. The event was planned to endow him with a retirement fund. The money raised will now be used to benefit local artists. Born in Gloversville, N.Y., in 1929, Mr. Fonda graduated from high school in Seattle. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and after his 1952 discharge earned a degree in cartography from the University of Washington. After working as a map maker for Rand McNally in Chicago, he taught at Syracuse University, where he earned a master's degree in ceramics. He began taking odd jobs in the 1970s after committing his life to art and moved from Washington to Fells Point in 1979. "He was so good to so many younger artists that some of us lost track of how brilliant an artist he was himself,'' said Megan Hamilton, associate editor of Art in Progress. Mr. Fonda is survived by a second son, Gerd Fonda of Brunswick, Maine; two sisters, Gary Ridley of Seattle and Joyce Harshbager of Henderson, Nev.; and his former wife, Margot Finke of Brandon, Manitoba. Contributions to the John Fonda Memorial Fund can be sent in care of the Theater Project, 43 W. Preston St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - October 17, 1992]

    Father: Earle John FONDA b: 18 MAR 1895 in Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY
    Mother: Florence Clara LOEBEN b: 06 MAR 1895 in Jamaica, Queens Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Living FINKE
      1. Has No Children Living FONDA
      2. Has No Children Living FONDA
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