Hidden Masters: At Home on the Sound Member Participating Artists
Hidden Masters: Celebrating the Art of the Ageless showcases Westchester artists who are between the ages of 70 and 99. The exhibition will be on view from March 27 through April 11, 2019 at Mamaroneck Artists Guild, 126 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, New York. Gallery hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
The following At Home on the Sound members will be showing their work:
Jane Field, Collage and Watercolor
Born in New York City, Jane has lived in
Mamaroneck for 28 years. She has a Master of Arts from Columbia University and
as an Art Therapist, she is a member of the Art Therapist Association. Jane has
worked at Albert Einstein and New York Hospitals as well as the National
Hospital for Nervous Diseases. For Jane, art brings people alive, teaches you to look, forces you to see
and makes you think. According to Jane:
“The world needs more ideas and harmony.” She finds joy in her work and says to
do something creative feels marvelous.
Her work comes naturally and she suggests that people think of her work as a
“little world”. She has successfully
exhibited and has had a one-woman show at the Hudson River Museum.
Marian Froehlich, Sculpture
“Whether abstract or figurative, my aim is to imply
motion with rhythmic gesture”.
Marian is inspired by the human figure, which is re-enforced by her
museum visits and her interest in art history. She began her involvement with
art when she was fortunate enough to be, as a student, excused from algebra so
she could attend an art class. Her high
school principal wrote a letter of recommendation enabling
her to attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Marian has won a national and many local and state awards throughout her
career and continues to thrive because of her deep appreciation of the mystery
of creativity which drives the making of art.
Today, sculpting proves strenuous, so Marian is focusing on writing
Marion Gindes, Watercolor
life as an artist began in retirement.
Born in Brooklyn, living in Pennsylvania and New York City, she has been
a Larchmont resident for the last 25 years.
She was always interested in art, but never considered herself an
artist. She was a practicing
Psychologist. Taking classes through the
Continuing Education Department in Larchmont, she was astounded at how much she
enjoyed making art and how she has not only improved with time, but how much it
now means to her. Whenever she travels, she visits museums and is inspired by
the various cultural approaches to the same subjects. Her new avocation’s challenge is to see how
far she can go and how much she can grow. Having been a professional in a field
that is mostly verbal, being involved as an artist stimulates a different part
of her brain. Her view is that women artists are underrepresented in the art
world and exhibiting one’s work supports recognition. In that light, this is
Marion’s FIRST time exhibiting her work.
Eleanor M. Holman, Sculpture
Eleanor began to sculpt in her late twenties and continued until
age related issues caused her to stop when she was in her eighties. Never aspiring to be a professional artist,
Eleanor, a wife, mother, and practicing Psychologist, found sculpting to be the
perfect refuge providing her with both physical and artistic satisfaction. Her life as an unprofessed, but “more than
competent” artist was a surprise to herself and others and she has enjoyed the
company of a new community of people distinct from her professional, social and
family life. Art is part of her life.
Babette Katz, Woodcuts and Etchings
Babette was born in Virginia, grew up in Mt. Vernon, New York and
studied at Wellesley College with a concentration on drawing and language.
While there, she performed in college plays. She became intrigued with the idea
of telling stories purely visually and started making artist’s books as art
objects themselves. “I am a printmaker
and a book artist. My artist's books are wordless visual narratives and are
loosely in the tradition of the graphic novel. They are offset-printed from
linoleum cuts by the Visual Studies Workshop Press. I saw in artists’ books an
art form as capacious as poetry and one that could accommodate meditations on a
wide range of diverse subjects. The stories are metaphoric, aphoristic and
spare. They deal with subjects as diverse as knitting, trains, war and peace,
and the flag. Images taken from some of
the books can stand alone as independent works of art.” Babette is beginning to take stock of all the work she has done over the
years. “It’s been a long life filled
with lots of imagery and, just for the record, I want to know where everything
is. To that end, I have to admit, my
website, www.babettekatz.com, is a help”.
Anthony Leuzzi, Photography
Westchester born and educated
at NYU as an undergraduate in Arts and Science and later at Stern School of Business
focusing on Advertising and Marketing, Anthony is enamored by the “esthetics of
beauty”. His camera captures the world
around him recording its culture and its majesty. He uses his camera to satisfy his curiosity
and experiences enormous pleasure when he sees his work completed even as aging
has imposed some restrictions due to failing vision. Anthony was
drafted 1968. He entered the Navy (which
he loved), served in Vietnam, and is the recipient of several medals including a
Purple Heart. Presently he is deriving
joy by helping a 12 year old boy build a model battleship.
Janis Livingston, Mixed Media
The backdrop to Janis’s artistic
development is interesting. Her grandfather made carriages for the Tsar and
later on her father owned two truck manufacturing buildings on Wooster Street
in downtown New York City right in the middle of a burgeoning art scene. She
found herself being drawn to it and enjoyed exploring different ways of
expressing her fascination with all the interesting artists to which she
gravitated. This early experience has
continued to inspire her to respond with her own personal expression to the art
world around her even to today. Her
advice for young artists is to just keep doing your work and not to judge
it. Society is reflected through the eye
of the artist and their contribution is what enriches everyone’s lives. She
can’t imagine life without art and encourages all to not only believe in their
work, but to share their convictions with others.
Harmon McAllister, Photography
Harmon has always had a keen interest in photography, in his early years he
spent a good deal of time painting in oils (“messing up his bedroom” according
to his mother). Although he eventually
became a good copyist, his artistic leanings gradually shifted more to
photography. In high school, he was
fortunate to make the acquaintance of an academic biochemist whose laboratory
included a well-equipped darkroom.
There, he became fascinated with the ability to create “magic in smelly
solutions” and indeed photography does offer a great deal of satisfaction,
quickly accomplished. Inspiration for
his photography comes primarily from observing patterns in Nature but also in
objects of human creation. His interpretative sensitivity coupled with his
technological expertise results in interesting landscapes and detailed
renderings of his subjects. Observing
how over the last several decades financial stringencies have resulted in a
dramatic decline in art education in primary and secondary schools, he sees a
growing lack of children’s awareness of all the arts. What governing bodies have been unable to or
chosen not to do, falls to the public to support enthusiastically, vocally and
Robert Milburn, Sculpture
Robert spent his early years moving
around the country because his father was a Minister. He attended
Columbia University and chose Architecture as his field of choice. He worked for nearly 40 years at I. M. Pei &
Partners, Architects, a firm known for its modernist designs. Among the projects on which he worked were the John
Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the National
Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
After he retired, he was ready to explore another side of his creative
skills. It was his chance to carry out a
personal vision. Instead of adding
material to build a structure, he was focusing on cutting away material to
reveal the shapes inside/its inner design.
On his wife’s 80th birthday,
he had an unveiling of a large, beautiful wood sculpture that he created from an
excavated tree trunk. Starting to do
this work later in life has its challenges because of the size and weight of
wood, but the satisfaction derived from the work is rewarding. Similar to architecture, the relationship
between the concept and the completion of a piece is a process that is worth
the effort. This is a time to seek a new
potential which simply had to wait until retirement.
Bill Osterberg, Sculpture (Posthumous)
Bill Osterberg was a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where his father
was a machinist and a self-taught draughtsman. In his late teens, he went to
Ringling School of Arts in Florida before joining the US Marine Corps during
the Korean War. In the late Fifties Bill made good use of the GI Bill,
attending Columbia University for painting and sculpture. There he met the woman who would become his
wife for the next half century, Tove Dithmer. From the Sixties through the
Eighties, Bill worked as an art director at various ad agencies on Madison
Avenue. As part of his job, he traveled
Europe and California, running location shoots for major clients. Throughout his career, he remained a
practicing artist, dedicated to figure
drawing and, later in life, to sculpture in stone. Bill died in 2016 at 86.
Bret Schlesinger, Watercolor
in New York City, Bret attended Music and Art High School, Michigan State
University, ultimately graduating from Brandeis University. Sensitive to his environment, especially when traveling, he “documents” what he observes, not always seen by the casual
viewer, with his drawings and soft watercolor painting. Sometimes
regretting that he did not pursue a career as an artist, he had wonderful
experiences as a teacher at Washington Irving High School, with memories of
students like Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
After a brief stint at the Board of Education, he served as an Assistant
Principal at City As School, an alternative high school in New York City. In addition he helped found an international
education group devoted to educational reform. He once banded together to form
The 5 Uptown Artists for studio exhibitions and recently showed his work at the
Mamaroneck Library. For Bret his drawing
“is his life” and his way of expressing himself. His advice to those who aspire
to the arts is to get good instruction and JUST DRAW!
Ted Shultz, Woodwork
As a youngster Ted, who always loved wood, whittled wooden guns. When he
retired at 75, he enrolled in a wood turning workshop at SUNY Purchase which
inspired him to follow his new path. For
Ted, it is not only the enjoyment of developing his work, but the close
association with others who are doing similar work but come from vastly
different backgrounds and professions, which
gives him a deep sense of pleasure.
He treasures not only his own work, but the friendships that have
evolved through his pursuit. For Ted, pursuing his craft enabled him to
surround himself with enriching relationships.
Howard Weinberg, Sculpture (Posthumous)
A Mamaroneck/Larchmont resident for
the last 42 years, Howard graduated with a BA in Education from City College in
NYC. He completed his MPH in Health Administration at Columbia University
School of Public Health and worked in that field as CEO of three NYC hospitals
until retirement in 1987 at which time he started his most fulfilling time as a
sculptor. Observing dance movements inspired Howard to recreate those forms in
multiple materials. True to himself and his vision he was committed to
projecting his own imagery of the beauty of human and natural world forms onto
the raw materials. He believed that the artist’s role was to create a more
idealized society. As aging and illness began to take away his ability to
create new work, he continued to have images in his mind that he would have
loved to create leaving him with a momentous loss in his life. Fortunately,
during the many years Howard created work he was awarded several prizes from
prestigious art organizations.
Free public programs in conjunction with the exhibition:
Saturday, April 6, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Hand-On Mixed Media Collage Workshop
Artist Judith Weber will lead this free program. Drop in and create something personal and wonderful. Where: Mamaroneck Artists Guild Gallery,
126 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont
Tuesday, April 9, 3:30 -5:00pm
Panel Discussion: "The Exceptional Aging Artists"
Participating artists will discuss the importance of the arts in their lives and how
aging impacts their creativity. Refreshments served at 3:30pm; program begins at 4:00pm. Where: Larchmont Avenue Church, Russell Hall, 60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont