Published: October 3, 2006
On July 20, Nancy Ann Lybolt died in Calvary Hospital in New York City after a long battle with breast cancer. Nancy was born in Suffern, N.Y., in 1953, where she spent her childhood. She also lived in Jersey City and Newark, N.J.
Nancy worked in New York City most of her life where she and her husband Ziggy Dabrowski collected and dealt in modern paintings and prints, especially from the Provincetown Colony and the WPA. Nancy and Ziggy were friends and patrons of many of the New York WPA artists, and the early students of Hans Hofmann and Reginald Marsh. Theresa Bernstein, Philip Reisman, Peter Hopkins, Frances Avery, Jonah Kinigstein and many others welcomed Nancy and Ziggy into their studios and homes for the enjoyment of their art and company.
Nancy loved New York. She would go to galleries all over town, from SoHo to the East Village to the Meat Packing District and wherever the art scene moved. Nancy and Ziggy collected the work of New York street painter Anthony Springer, becoming friends and agents of the artist.
In the mid-1980s, Nancy began to apply her knowledge and love of art to vintage fashion and textiles. She became a collector and dealer in modern vintage, vintage and designer clothing. She and Ziggy sold vintage clothing at the Annex Art and Antiques Market on 26th Street and Sixth Avenue in New York for more than 15 years.
Nancy had the ability to transform functional into funk; she had a following from all over the world that included models, designers, film and rock stars, artists, photographers and everyday collectors.
Nancy was a kind, generous and hardworking lady who lived every day with a positive outlook, and tried to help others deal with their illnesses and hardships. With her little black and white French bulldog Lulu at her side, she was known throughout the art and vintage fashion worlds.
Nancy is survived by Ziggy; Lulu; her father, Calvin; her sisters, Marie and Ann; and brother, Calvin, Jr, and their children.
A memorial service in honor of Nancy Ann Lybolt will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, St James Chapel, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, October 14, at 2 pm.
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