2017 marks two special anniversaries for The Studio of Ben Solowey. 75 years ago, Ben and Rae Solowey moved permanently to Bucks County. 25 years ago, we began to present regular interpretive exhibitions at the Solowey studio of Ben’s work, his contemporaries, and occasionally a contemporary artist. Our plan is to celebrate both anniversaries this […]
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The letters that Rae Solowey wrote to family, friends, and patrons over the years provide the clearest picture of what life was like for the Soloweys on the farm. With no outside entertainment save for the radio (when it worked), the mail provided Ben and Rae a connection to the rest of the world, especially […]
Jean-Antoine Watteau, an 18th century French painter and draughtsman “created, unwittingly, the concept of the individualistic artist loyal to himself, and himself alone,” according to one critic. It is said that his work from the 18th century anticipates art about art, especially in his paintings and drawings of the theatrical figures from the commedia dell’arte. […]
Here is a page Ben Solowey’s address book when he lived in New York between 1928 and 1942, before moving permanently to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This single page provides a glimpse into Ben’s world from that time. The first entry on the page, obviously “K” in his address book, is playwright George Kelly. Ben had […]
For our friends and family in California, Dominican University of California will host an exhibition of drawings and memorabilia by William A. Smith, curated by his daughter, Kim Smith, and produced during his time as an OSS operative in WWII China. The exhibition, free to the public, includes a few of Smith’s propaganda illustrations which […]
Ben’s sketchbook provides a window into his New York Studio where the Casco Bay Screen served both practical and aesthetic needs. A large portrait, presumably of Rae leans against the screen in the corner of the room. It covers a door, whose transom is open.