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As Mae Gruber’s artistic talent matured, she graduated from colorful stills to moody studies of subtle color. The Tweed Museum of Art acquired four of Gruber’s paintings before her work was sold at an estate sale this spring. They include “Still Life, Paris” from 1956. (Photo courtesy of Tweed Museum of Art)

Mike Creger column: The artist just around the corner

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Set back from Chester Park Drive, the Gruber home once was alive with art and music. Whether people knew it is a mystery.

Mae Gruber died in January, a decade after her brother, Ed.

It wasn’t until I saw an “Estate Sale” sign in my neighborhood in June that I realized just who had been living only a few hundred yards away.

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