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Perna Kramer, artist, dies at 67


Perna Kramer, who signed her sculpture and paintings with her maiden name, Perna Krick, died Saturday at Maryland General Hospital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Kramer, who was 67, lived on Mosher Street in a studio home she and her husband, sculptor Reuben Kramer, designed RTC in 1965 to replace a nearby carriage house where they had lived and worked for many years.

She was particularly well known for her paintings of animals, birdsand flowers. They had been exhibited in local theaters, the Peale Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and other places, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, where she won the painting award in a 1957 area exhibit.

A native of Greenville, Ohio, she came to Baltimore in 1927 to study at the Rhinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute, where she met Mr. Kramer.

Winner of two scholarships for study in Europe, she sculpted until 1942, when she switched to painting.

She was a supporter of the Baltimore Zoo, and she became known in the Bolton Hill area as "the bird doctor" by nursing injured birds brought to her by neighborhood children. She also sheltered many cats.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Kramer taught art to children at a pioneer interracial school, Fellowship House, started by her husband.

More recently, many children have become familiar with one of her sculptures, Young Siren, of a child sitting astride a fish. The bronze statue was donated to the Enoch Pratt Free Library several years ago and sits behind the fish pool in the children's room at the central library.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two brothers, Kody Krick of Los Angeles and Robert Krick of Columbus, Ohio.

Private services were planned.

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