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Mark Courtney Abrahamson

Mark Courtney Abrahamson

June 28, 1944 - Feb. 6, 2018

Mark lived a full life of self expression - as a dentist, a husband, a father, an artist, a gad-about-town. He voraciously read the New York Times and was happy to engage in political dialogue with anyone - from gas station, grocery and bookstore acquaintances to his dearest friends and cherished daughters in Seattle and New York City. Mark's passion included a belief that art was his chosen path. His aerial photographs captured the beauty of landscapes that held a hidden story of environmental degradation. His ability to see the working patterns of human interference in the order of the natural world motivated him every day - he wanted for all of us a better world and art was his voice. He documented the great river valleys of the United States and created hundreds of assemblages of the politics churning in our times. Mark was born in West Seattle, matriculated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, completed his DDS at the University of Washington, and served in the US Air Force at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska during the Viet Nam war. Mark is survived by his 2 daughters: Page (Larry Dunlap) and Elizabeth (Sol Hashemi), a grandson Colin, 2 former wives, Linda Page and Carey Christensen, brothers Paul and Craig, nieces Jenny and Ingrid and a universe of friends far and wide. Mark moved to Red Wing in 2012 after retiring from his dental practice and became an artist in residence at the Anderson Center. He will be missed. A pot luck gathering, hosted by Red Wing House Church, to celebrate Mark's life in Red Wing will take place on Sunday, February 25th from 4 - 6 pm at Hobgoblin Music at 920 MN 19, Red Wing, MN 55066.