Today, Saturday June 19, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow, Sunday June 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can view and purchase works of art created by the renowned Edna Hibel. The 30th annual Hibelfest is taking place in the Fine Art Gallery in the Remi-Danielle Building at 5505 South Dixie Highway on the southwest corner of Bunker Avenue just one mile north of Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach. This year Edna turns 92, which is call for a celebration of her life and her art.
Hibelfest opened last night with an invitation only preview of the over 150 paintings, watercolors, oil lithographs, porcelain, and pastels. Guests were delighted by a special appearance of the artist and pleased to have the opportunity to view the collection of a private collector, which is on display and available for purchase this weekend.
Edna Hibel, known as a promoter of peace, has been painting touching depictions of women and children of the world since she was nine years old. Born in 1917 in Boston, Edna was educated in Brookline High School, and she spent summers at the shore in Hull, Massachusetts and in Maine, where she studied watercolor painting. From 1935 – 1939 she attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and in 1942, she was honored with the Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico.
For over 40 years, Edna Hibel has been referred to as America’s best loved and most versatile artist, and best colorist. Commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives in 1995 to commemorate 75 years of women receiving the universal right to vote, in 2000, Edna was asked to create a painting to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the White House. Edna was honored with an exhibit in Washington D.C. in 2007 by the League of American Pen Women, and in 2008 she was the National Women’s History Month Honoree.
Famous for her stone lithographs, which many south Floridians enjoyed seeing at one time in the Edna Hibel Museum in Palm Beach or currently in Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, she has completed more than 600 original editions. Creating works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, and wood veneer, she encouraged her porcelain manufacturers to allow her to create color separations with stone lithography which were transferred in a “secret” complicated process onto Bavarian hard paste porcelain. These works are now called lithographs on porcelain.
In 1976, the Edna Hibel Society, a non-profit international organization, was founded to honor her. To show your appreciation of this prolific artist and humanitarian make sure to spend time at Hibelfest this weekend. For information call Bonnie Benamar at 561-891-6619 or visit www.hibelfest.com.
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