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Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 1939
Collection of Dr. Richard Gervasio
and Dr. Despina Terris
BEN SOLOWEY (1900 - 1978)

New exhibition include nearly a half century of works that feature artist’s wife

June 3 - 25, 2006
Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 pm
Opening reception Saturday, June 3, 1 to 5 pm

At the Studio of Ben Solowey
3551 Olde Bedminster Road
Bedminster, Pennsylvania

BEDMINSTER, PA --- The Studio of Ben Solowey is pleased to announce a new exhibition WOMAN ETERNAL: A Rae Solowey Centennial, which celebrates the birth of Rae Landis Solowey (1906 – 1990) and the forty eight years she posed for her husband Ben Solowey (1900 – 1978) for works in a wide range of media. The exhibition will open to the public on Sunday June 3rd at the Solowey Studio in Bedminster, PA with a reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The installation will continue Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., through June 25, 2006.

“More people have looked at — and loved — Rae Solowey than virtually anyone else in the Bucks County art scene,” say David Leopold, the Director of the Studio of Ben Solowey. “Whether in paintings, drawings, prints or sculptures, Ben Solowey found his primary model and muse in his wife Rae. And his works of her are instantly identifiable by so many people. Ben’s 1935 portrait of Rae in a green dress than is on permanent view at the Michener Museum in Doylestown is among the Museum’s signature works, and has frequently been cited as one of visitors’ and staff’s favorites.” The Michener Museum has put images of the imposing 45” x 36” oil on canvas on posters, cards, magnets, key chains, and packets of tea.

“Artist Albert Gold once referred to Rae as ‘Woman Eternal’ in Ben’s work, and I think he was right,” explains Leopold. “She represented a humanity in Ben’s work that was both beautiful and ethereal, which is how many people who knew her felt about her. Like Cezanne’s paintings of his wife, Ben found a constantly engaging subject to paint, draw, or sculpt, whether it was a portrait, a figure study, or nude. Rae was also part of his other work too. For instance, she often picked and arranged flowers from their garden that Ben painted in his award winning still lifes.”

This new installation of Solowey works will display Ben Solowey’s remarkable versatility in a wide variety of media including oils, watercolor, pastel, and printmaking. It will include old favorites as well as works never exhibited before.

All will be shown in Solowey’s handcrafted studio. Visiting the exhibition “you understand why Ben gave up the great life he had in New York in the theater and exhibiting his canvases at the top museums and galleries,” explains Leopold. “He wanted to live on this beautiful farm where his studio maintains the atmosphere of the artist at work.” The inviting studio, and the 34 acre property it sits on, were created and landscaped by Solowey after he left New York in 1942. The Studio has been featured in Architectural Digest, Pennsylvania Heritage, The Discerning Traveler, and Bucks County Town and Country Living.

“In honor of our opening on June 3rd we will continue our tradition of serving homemade refreshments in the Solowey home, “ says Leopold. “The two hundred-year old farmhouse was restored by Ben and is filled with museum quality furniture handcrafted by him. We only open the house twice a year, so this truly is a special event. Also on June 3rd only we are waiving our $5 admission fee.”

Regular admission through June 25th to WOMAN ETERNAL: A Rae Solowey Centennial is $5. Hours through October 30th to Ben Solowey in Black & White are Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm or by appointment. Regular admission is $5. The Studio of Ben Solowey is located at 3551 Olde Bedminster Road in Bedminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. For more information on Ben Solowey in Black & White or directions, contact The Studio of Ben Solowey at 215-795-0228.

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