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Cathie Bleck
New Britain Museum exhibition
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I'm gearing up for my upcoming exhibition at The New Britain Museum of American Art which opens Feb 8th.  The opening reception is Feb 24th, Sunday 3-5, the day after the Society opening.  The show runs until April 27th and I know that Wendell Minor has a few pieces in the museum collection as well as several other contemporary illustrators.
It is about a 2 hour drive or train from NY and it would be amazing if any of you ventured up to celebrate with me. This show is really special in so many ways.  My husbands grandmother Cari Jackson is 99 years old and she took painting lessons for 20 years with Sandy Low, the man who built this collection.  Grandma Cari is an amazing force in my life-an incredible woman.  I approached them with a proposal for this show over the summer when I was traveling out east and the timing was right as they were planning a wood engraving exhibition of Wanda Gag and Claire Leightons works.  Go figure, I am a girl and work in a wood engravers style.  This museum is a gem and one of only two exclusively American collections of Art. Correct me if I am wrong but the only other I know of is The Butler in Youngstown, OH.  The amazing thing about these museums is that they have bought and supported American illustrators works for a long, long time.  It is not uncommon to see a scupture by Paul Manship next to a Landacre piece.  This museum is known for their Thomas Hart Bentons murals as well as pieces from just about every famous American artist.  If you have not ventured to this museum, it is a real gem on the east coast.
Here are the pieces I am planning to show in the cases.
Here are some more working studies for the cases from the Mother Nature's Son series and the sketches from Dante's Divine Comedy
A detail from one of the recent paintings, "Flower of the Root"
I know this looks way too clean, but here are some of the works in the show and a few unfinished pieces in sketch and roughed out form for the next show at The Butler.  I promise to show some really messy pictures in the future, which is the reality.
Here is a photo of where the exhibition will take place.
Letters and book covers


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