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Artist David Anderson, 69, for 20 years co-owned gallery

Artist David Anderson, former co-owner of the Anderson-Marsh Galleries for 20 years, died Saturday (July 27, 1996) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital after a long bout with emphysema. He was 69.

Mr. Anderson, who lived in St. Pete Beach, once said his spark of imagination was fanned by his early interest in the theater, according to his partner in the galleries, Estelle Marsh.

The gallery opened on Central Avenue in 1972 and moved to St. Pete Beach, where it closed in 1992.

A native of Charleroi, Pa., Mr. Anderson developed a recognizable style deep in theme and technique after coming here in 1952.

He was commissioned by the Huguenot Society to paint a mural commemorating the landing of the explorer Jean Ribault in Florida.

He adapted an original ballet based on the opera Pagliacci with Lester Jacobsen. A performance was held at the Bayfront Center.

Mr. Anderson was appointed a Fellow in the Royal Academy for the Arts and Sciences in London. His paintings had been on display in such places as Berlin, Madrid and Kabul, Afghanistan.

Survivors include two aunts, Alba Mazade, Seminole, and Dena Vezzetti, Madeira Beach; an uncle, Joseph Vezzetti, Madeira Beach; and several cousins, including Michael and Sharon Pado, both of Charleroi.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, where the funeral will be at 7:30 p.m.

Marsh said a David Anderson Art Scholarship Fund will be established and donations may be sent to Joseph Gayton, 116 107th Ave., Treasure Island, FL 33706.