Hilda Green Demsky, a Fulbright Fellow, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and winner of an Andy Warhol Visual Arts Residency, has had an extensive, multi-faceted career focusing on the ebb and flow of her life. From the Pennsylvania coal mines of her youth to the cosmos, Demsky shares the highlights of her career as a fine artist in a 60-year retrospective at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont that gets underway Saturday, Oct. 25 with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1958 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and design, Demsky began making paintings of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, which were exhibited at City Center Gallery and Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Travel has been a big influence in her body of work, as she has received numerous artist residencies, awards and fellowships from around the world, creating boldly colored landscapes, abstract canvases and environmental paintings in the process. Demsky’s otherworldly artworks were inspired by an invitation to witness a launch at the NASA Space Center in Florida after receiving the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, while her exhibition at the National Gallery of Costa Rica reflected her love of painting on canvas and Mylar en plein air.
A resident of Larchmont, Demsky has been a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild for 42 years as well as of the Katonah Museum Art Association, the Pen & Brush, and National Association of Women Artists. The book “Hilda Green Demsky: The Flow of the Artist’s Life and Work,” containing her biography and more than 100 color photographs of her paintings, will accompany this exhibit, which runs through Nov. 15.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. MAG is at 126 Larchmont Ave.
For more, call 914-834-1117 or visit mamaroneckartistsguild.org.—Edited by Georgette Gouveia