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Hidden Masters: At Home on the Sound Member Participating Artists

volunteer highlightHidden 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.

Free public programs in conjunction with the exhibition:

Saturday, April 6, 3:00 - 5:00pm

Hand-On Mixed Media Collage WorkshopArtist 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 -5:00pmPanel 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

The following At Home on the Sound members will be showing their work:

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.
Watch a short interview with Jane Field here, courtesy of The Local Live on LMC-TV.

�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 memoirs.

Marion�s 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 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 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,, is a help�.

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.

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.

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.

Born 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!

Although 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 financially.

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 80 th 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.

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.

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.

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