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A gifted painter, Courtenay Milnes (1924-91) studied art at the University of Georgia, the Art Students League, the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, and the New School. She is one of the founders of the Art Lab when it was launched in Clifton in 1975, presided over its move to Snug Harbor in 1977, and served as its president until 1981. A watercolorist, Milnes was known for her paintings of landscapes and flowers. Her first solo exhibition broke records for both sales and viewers at the Blue Unicorn Gallery, Stapleton. The recipient of many awards, including the 1971 Weissglass Memorial Purchase Prize from the Staten Island Museum, she was honored in 1981 with an appreciation award from the museum and the Borough President's Visual Arts Award.
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