Needham, MA…A collection of pre-Columbian statues on display with colorful paintings of ancient figurines from Oaxaca, Mexico are available for public viewing in the art gallery at North Hill through the end of December, 2019.
The exhibit, titled Travel in Time/Mexico 250 AD to 2019 AD caught the attention of Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid who featured the show in her November 30, 2019 review. “To see Feldman add color to these forms is akin to viewing classical marble statuary revitalized in its original polychrome,” she wrote.
Feldman created the paintings after visiting the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico where she viewed a collection of 3000-year-old Pre-Columbian figures. “The humanity and humor in these small clay figures was my inspiration,” she says.
She photographed them, sketched them and finally, brought them to life in her singular style. Since titles are important to her, she researched Mayan names and created a moniker for each one.
Statues from the private collection of North Hill resident and gallery curator, Helen Meyrowitz are featured as part of the exhibit.
“I’m delighted to see the gallery receive regional attention,” she said. “Everyone needs art which is why I am so grateful to be able to bring so much of it to North Hill. I hope lots of people will come to this exhibit, and to all the others we host every year.”
The North Hill Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Visitors are also welcome to view the campus’s new permanent collection, curated by Meyrowitz from artists who’ve exhibited at North Hill in the past.
Cate McQuaid’s review can be seen at https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/26/arts/north-hill-retirement-community-an-artist-riffs-whimsical-mexican-folk-figures/