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by Douglas Martin (N.Y. Times)
Pauline Campanelli, a painter whose super-realist still lifes were so popular that their sales were rivaled only by those of Andrew Wyeth among living artists, died on Nov. 29 at her home in Pohatcong Township, N.J., a few miles south of Phillipsburg. She was 58.
Her husband, Dan, also a painter, said she died of complications from childhood polio. She had been seriously ill for nearly three years.
Another influence on her art was her belief in paganism. She wrote books, some with her husband, about witchcraft and pagan rituals and tried to bring her appreciation of ancient, pre-Christian ways to her rustic life as well as to her art.
Her book "Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions" (Llewellyn, 1991) told how pagan cultures celebrated holidays, and it sold more than 40, 000 copies. The Halloween section not only gave advice on charms and spells, crystal balls and using a tambourine to contact spirits but also gave a recipe for pumpkin bread. The May Day section said washing one's face with morning dew on that holiday would preserve a youthful complexion.
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