Neighbors' Work to Be Represented in Borough President Brewer's "Better with Age"
I once heard an interviewer ask painter Françoise Gilot (who is well into her 90s now) would she still paint as she ages. Affronted by the question, Madame Gilot responded something akin to: "That's like asking me if I will still breathe. I have been an artist all my life. Why would I stop now?"
I paraphrase but you get the idea.
Stupid question. Great answer.
Now comes an enlightened show from the Manhattan Borough President's Office entitled "Better with Age" featuring artwork from the city's older artists. And I am chuffed that two "hometown" artists have made the cut. Below find Emily Berleth's painting and Bob Lejeune's photograph, both of which will be presented in the show.
It runs from October 11 to November 1, 2017 at the Maggi Peyton Gallery in the Municipal Building downtown at 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South.
An added neighborhood connection, in case you think 1 Centre Street isn't on my beat: Maggi Peyton died last year and was a Bloomingdaler. From a tribute written about her by Harold Holzer, I am certain blog readers will know her well and understand the rationale behind naming the Municipal Building's gallery in her honor:
"Famously tight-lipped about her bosses, politically sophisticated, intensely loyal, unflappably calm, and a brilliant vote counter in tight elections across the state, Ms. Peyton was also active in the West Side political club Community Free Democrats, and as president of the tenants’ association at Park West Village, her longtime residence."
Age+Art. It ain't just gluing together popsicle sticks, folks.