Join us tonight for the opening reception of "Friendly Faces"
Opening reception of Stell Shevis' work - "Friendly Faces"
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Garage Gallery at Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc.
Stell recently rediscovered a rich cache of watercolor portraits of local residents that date from the '70s through the '90s and beyond. In a recent conversation she told a little of their history. She and her husband were involved in various painting groups for 40 or 50 years, and in the early days the groups would hire nude models. But the fees went up and all the men dropped out and the remaining women resorted to asking friends and relatives to pose for them "with clothes on." The model portraits were done mostly in winter, as in the summer the groups would paint al fresco. Even though the groups met just once a week, Stell says, the portraits piled up, and while others tossed them out, "I just can't seem to throw things away." The portraits will be on view through November 8 in an exhibit called "Friendly Faces" at the Garage Gallery, Eastern Tire, 70 Park Street (Route 1) in Rockland. All are invited to stop by and identify a portrait of a friend or family member at the opening reception on Wednesday, October 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.