GILBERTSVILLE – Jane Evelynne Higgins-Main, 60, an artist who ran the Hilton Bloom Art Studio here for 15 years, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019, in the comfort of her home.
Jane was born in Sidney on Feb. 20, 1959, the daughter of Edward A. and J. Louise (Williams) Higgins.
A 1976 graduate of Sidney High School, Jane went on to study fine arts at SUNY Oneonta and the University of Siena, Italy, graduating with a BA in 1980. In 1981, Jane relocated to Southern California, where she pursued a career in graphics and typesetting.
In 1994, Jane returned to New York State and in 1995, she settled in Gilbertsville. She opened an art gallery, the Hilton Bloom Art Studio, in her converted carriage barn in 1998. The gallery was open every summer until 2010, featuring changing exhibits of local artists.
A professional artist, Jane had been working exclusively in the medium of collage since 1993 and had exhibited extensively in the region, including four solo exhibits in regional galleries and two solo exhibits in New York City. Her award-winning work was widely collected throughout the country.
Jane married Timothy Mark Main in Bainbridge on May 4, 2013.
Jane had many interests, which included literature, history, mythology and playing the piano. Jane would like to be remembered for her warmth, humor and generous spirit.
A lifelong Episcopalian, she attended Zion Episcopal Church in Morris.
Jane was a member of GAGA, Gilbertsville Arts Gilbertsville Artists; the Village Improvement Society of Gilbertsville; and the Tianderah Chapter, NSDAR.
Jane was predeceased by her first husband, Al Caranci; her sister, Joan Louise Higgins in 2006; and her brother, Earl Arthur Higgins in 2016.
Jane is survived by her husband, Timothy Main, who loved her dearly from the day they met and remained at her side until the Lord called her home. She is also survived by a stepson, Max Main of Union Springs; a stepson, David P. Caranci and his wife, Dayna of Yorba Linda, Calif., and their children, Joshua and Jacob Caranci, also of Yorba Linda.
There will be no services at this time. Burial will be in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Unadilla.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney