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Sandpoint To Bid Farewell To Lyman

Friends and admirers of artist Stephen Lyman are invited to attend a memorial celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sam Owen Park in Sandpoint.

The nationally known artist and Sandpoint resident died last month while hiking in Yosemite National Park.

The 38-year-old artist, known for his wilderness paintings, often went to Yosemite for inspiration.

Lyman is survived by a wife and two sons, ages 9 and 10.

“There has been so much love and support streaming in,” said Andrea Lyman, Stephen Lyman’s widow. “There are just a lot of people who have been touched by his passing.”

Lyman’s prints are sold in galleries across the United States, Canada and Great Britain. He also co-owned The Lyman Gallery in Sandpoint.

Lyman had been hiking through Yosemite last month when he apparently fell in the Cathedral Rocks area.

More than 150 people attended a memorial celebration held at Yosemite last week.

“That was the place they wanted to celebrate him because they knew of his love of Yosemite,” Andrea Lyman said.

Because many of Lyman’s friends and admirers were unable to attend the Yosemite memorial, another service is planned for this weekend, she said.

“It’s been very healing to do this, not only for me but for everyone else,” she said.

“When people can verbalize it really helps bring a process like this to closure.”

The memorial celebration will be held at Hope Peninsula in Sam Owen Park, followed by a slide show presentation at the Sandpoint Community Hall at 4 p.m.

The slide show will include a presentation that Lyman had prepared to show in Sacramento last month as a benefit for the Sierra Club.

It will feature photographs he took, images of his artwork and pictures of his family life.

“He was as much a photographer as he was a painter,” Andrea Lyman said.

“He just liked to share the beauty he created with other people.”

Both the memorial celebration and slide show are open to the public.

People also are invited to bring stories, memories and songs they want to share, she said.

The family is setting up a trust fund in Stephen Lyman’s name.

It will benefit projects in both Sandpoint and Yosemite as well as scholarships for his two sons.

Anyone wanting to make donations can send contributions to The Lyman Gallery, N. 100 First Avenue in Sandpoint.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: MEMORIAL The memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sam Owen Park in Sandpoint, followed by a slide show at Sandpoint Community Hall at 4.

This sidebar appeared with the story: MEMORIAL The memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sam Owen Park in Sandpoint, followed by a slide show at Sandpoint Community Hall at 4.



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