In Memoriam: John de Marchi

demarchi.jpegJohn de Marchi, a sculptor and artist who worked as a technician and instructor at Sonoma State for 25 years, passed away in May. He also worked as a machinist, welder, tool designer and consultant, and was an avid collector of antique tools.

Known for combining fine art with mechanical technology, de Marchi exhibited his works both locally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museo Italo Americano and the Iannetti Lanzone Gallery in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum, and the California Museum of Art in Santa Rosa.

A memorial for de Marchi takes place Sun., July 17 at 11:15 a.m. in Sebastopol. RSVPs are requested. Contact Gayle Cooper for details and to RSVP, at (707) 829-5309 or email

The memorial service will include a storyboard available for photos of de Marchi, so guests are encouraged to bring something to pin up and share.

A formal tribute will also take place at the July 17 memorial. Anyone who wishes to be a part of the tribute or who would like to share an informal remembrance should contact Gayle Cooper at (707) 829-5309 or email

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