"Alice Neel was one of the great American painters of the twentieth century. She was also a pioneer among women artists. A painter of people, landscape and still life, Neel was never fashionable or in step with avant-garde movements. Sympathetic to the expressionist spirit of northern Europe and Scandinavia and to the darker arts of Spanish painting, she painted in a style and with an approach distinctively her own.
Neel was born near Philadelphia in 1900 and trained at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. She became a painter with a strong social conscience and equally strong left-wing beliefs. In the 1930s she lived in Greenwich Village, New York and enrolled as a member of the Works Progress Administration for which she painted urban scenes. Her portraits of the 1930s embraced left wing writers, artists and trade unionists." from www.aliceneel.com
The Portraits of Newburyport* special exhibition opened at the NAA Friday, September 12. The NAA hosted the opening reception and celebration Saturday, September 13 - it was a special evening for us and the City of Newburyport. We were delighted to have Mayor Donna Holaday among our many guests! A special "shout-out" to NAA artist member and Board of Directors member Bonita LeFlore who, with a steady eye and hand, curated this very special show. The exhibition is part of a trio of exhibitions organized by the NAA to recognize the City of Newburyport's 250th anniversary. The first, Then & Now, continues its run at the Firehouse Center for the Arts through September 28; and the last, Newburyport Art Association Presidents' Show, will open October 28 in the Hills Gallery at the NAA .
*Eponymous book for sale at the NAA!