Beatrice (Bea) W. Eiges was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1914. She started her artistic career as a painter, studying with Samuel Rosenberg, later the head of the Fine Arts Department of Carnegie Melon University. When she began sculpting in the 1950's she found her metier. She worked in stone, wood, clay, and metal, creating strong contrasts in form, line, and texture with an overlying grace. Though she started with figural pieces she soon moved to abstract works.
Moving to Washington in 1975, she took a studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and became a member of the Touchstone Gallery in D.C. In 1978 she moved to Palm Beach where she was a member of the Artists S
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