About Marianne Oberg

 

Marianne was the co-owner of Object Innovations and provided great encouragement and support in the early days of the new company. She was an artist and not a technical person. Nonetheless she performed a number of significant tasks to help the company, including creating the baseline version of the course “Object-Oriented Programming in C#” from Robert’s book Introduction to C# Using .NET published by Prentice-Hall. She was responsible for releasing courses, which included creating the associated PDF files and performing high-level QA. She enjoyed the QA aspect, proudly wearing her “black hat” and was happy when she discovered some defect to be corrected.

 

Marianne was born in Chicago in 1949. She grew up in Illinois, an only child in a working class family. Her mother had picked cotton as a child, and her father was a machinist. With aid of a National Merit Scholarship she attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois majoring in mathematics and graduated with honors in June, 1971. She did graduate study in mathematics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts 1971 – 1972. On October 7, 1972 she married Robert Oberg, whom she met at Knox College while she was a student and he was a professor.

 

She did graduate studies in psychology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts 1977 – 1978. After that she decided to devote herself to the arts. She had learned various handcrafts from her mother and grandmother. She enrolled in and completed a two-year program in professional craft studies in weaving at the Worcester Craft Center. She began doing clay in addition to weaving and did some experiments in mixed media. She studied ceramics at De Cordova Museum and Mudflat Studio in Massachusetts.

 

Beginning in the 1980s Marianne explored many spiritual teachings. Branching out from a Unitarian-Universalist community, she practiced Zen mediation, studied Theosophy and Tibetan Buddhism and enrolled in the B.O.T.A correspondence lessons. She studied the curriculum of the Servants of the Light mystery school, becoming a second-degree initiate. Zen was a very deep practice for Marianne, including both daily zazen and occasional weekend sesshin retreats. Her teacher was Maurine Stuart, who studied in Japan. Marianne would probably have stayed with Zen as a permanent practice, but Maurine died in 1990. In the last years of her life she found a new spiritual path in Spiritism. Most Spiritist books are written in Portuguese, so she began study of that language, completing all three levels of the Rosetta Stone course.

 

Marianne’s preferred medium for artistic expression was clay hand-building and sculpture. Her work included lizards, frogs and other animals, fanciful pinch pots, sculpture in a Mesoamerican or Egyptian style, ritual pieces, and experiments in abstract angelic forms. Two of her latest pieces were a tower based on the Tarot card and an octopus vase. Her later work was done at Clayworks and Mint Hill Arts in North Carolina. She was also accomplished at sewing and needlepoint and stitched many beautiful canvases.

 

Marianne had a lifelong love of birds, and in 2011 she volunteered to help in the rehabilitation of birds at the Carolina Raptor Center. During the spring 2012 photo shoot at the Raptor Center she took over 1000 photographs which she could cull for a series of bird sculptures. The first piece was an owl. Her desire was to capture the dynamic quality of birds and use this experience for future work in angelic forms. Her long range goal was to create spiritual art.

 

Marianne died in 2012 of injuries suffered from a vehicle accident.

 

 

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