Mother: A Group Show

Connie by Paul Bochner

Connie by Paul Bochner

30 artists interpret the concept the Mother
May 1- May 29, 2009
Opening reception – Friday May 1 from 5pm- 7pm

The Belfast Framer and Gallery opens its 2009 gallery season with an exhibit titled Mother, in which artists explore the concept of mother. Appropriate for the month of Mother’s Day, the show honors owner Vicki McDaniel’s late mother Mildred Constantine Bettelheim.

McDaniel says “The idea for this exhibit came to me in January when a friend asked what the theme for this year’s group show was going to be. My answer was “all I can think about is my mother” and then the light bulb went off and the question was answered.”

Mildred Constantine Bettelheim was active in the New York City art world beginning in 1930 when she was 18 years old. Her first job was with the College Art Association as an editorial assistant for the association’s journal. It was there that she was exposed to artists and the world of art for the first time. She continued her involvement with art throughout her life and career. She was noted for her curatorial work during 25 years at the Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Design and Architecture. Later she became a teacher, author, and curator, working for the rest of her life. She died in December 2008 at age 95.

This exhibit features over 30 artists from New York, Massachusetts and Maine. The theme of Mother is interpreted many different ways: figuratively, abstractly, and three dimensionally, in whatever manner inspired the individual artists. The viewer will see many diverse creative works exploring a range of mother ideas.