February 21, 1937 – February 21, 2021
Nick Edmonds of Sharon, entered into rest on February 21st, 2021 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Paulette Edmonds. Devoted father of Josh Edmonds and the late Daniel Edmonds. Cherished father in-law of Josh's wife Jennifer Edmonds and caring grandfather of Courtney and Alysse Edmonds. The loving brother of Elizabeth Rosenthal, John Edmonds and the late Ellen Fleenor. Dear son of the late Katherine and John Edmonds.
Nick grew up in Concord, NH and Andover, MA. Graduated from Milton Academy and the Boston Museum School with honors. He served his country in the Army while stationed in Europe. After marrying Paulette, the couple lived in France for a year where he started exhibiting his work. He raised his family in Sharon and in 1974 he took his family to live in Kyoto Japan for a year. In Japan he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Japanese wood joinery techniques with master carperpentars who were reconstructing an ancient temple gate. Upon his return, Nick started a distinctive series of wood sculptures using Japanese joinery. His styles evolved over the years but always masterfully made use of wood while often providing viewers with a sense of the wholeness of nature.
Later works were influenced by the ocean and farms where he spent summers as a child. His works are in many collections and museums throughout the world and in 1994 he was elected into the National Academy of Design. For 35 years Nick proudly served as the chairman of the Blanch E. Colman Trust Scholarship which awarded grants to New England artists in financial need. Nick is a legendary wood sculptor whose works will be cherished forever but he also has influenced thousands of artists while starting as sculpture instructor at the Boston Museum School, Milton Academy and then spent 39 years at Boston University where he concluded his teaching career as Chairman of the Sculpture Department and Professor Emeritus.
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February 25, 2021
Dear Paulette, Penny and I were very sad to hear of Nick's passing. He was a long time friend , colleague and fellow artist. I first met him when Penny was at the Museum School taking classes and Nick was there. I was courting Penny then and she was living in the old West End of Boston where I would visit her. We would drop in on Nick where he lived in a store front a couple of streets away. He was painting at the time and did some very strong pictures. Nick was one of the most genuine people we've known as well as a brilliant and original artist. Genuine covers a lot of qualities--all good. Please accept our deep sympathies to you and your family.
February 24, 2021
It was with sadness that I heard about the passing of Uncle Nick. Condolences to Edmonds family during this time. Thinking about you from the other side of the World.
RIP Uncle Nick
Magnified and sanctified be the great name of God throughout the world which He hath created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom during the days of your life and during the life of all the house of Israel, speedily, yea, soon; and say ye, Amens