Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Memories of Mom

"Nanny's Pansies" 12 x 12, Oil on Linen
Every November for the past five years, I have paid tribute to my late mother during her birth month by  exhibiting my work in a celebration of life and the art of giving. This year's exhibition, "Holiday Treasures: Art for a good Cause"  is held once again in the stylish, lovingly restored 3-story home turned full service salon, Mane on Madison (MOM) Salon at 238 Madison Avenue,  Wyckoff. 

Tucked away on a quiet street near town center, and exquisitely decorated by owners Paul and Rose, Mane on Madison is the ideal venue to showcase 18 of my recent paintings, including: Nanny's Pansies, so titled after the  affectionate name given my Brit mom by her grandchildren. 
Mom was a talented pianist and performer, who never let cancer dim her joy for living life to its fullest. That included giving concerts "To cheer the old folk" at a senior residence up until one week before her passing at age eighty-two. 

Proud to have served in the Royal Air Force, where she met my father, a yank in the American Air Force, mom was a pioneer in every sense of the word, and after her tour of duty in WWII, she went on to become a successful entrepreneur at a time when women rarely ventured into that male-dominated world. In honor of her verve and spirit, this year's exhibit will be a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists who are fighting to end breast cancer forever.  A portion of proceeds from all paintings sold will be donated to this fine cause. 

Should you be in the area, do stop in. Coffee is always brewing, browsing is encouraged, and the staff is amazingly talented and welcoming. And in the spirit of the giving season, perhaps you could find it in your heart to make a small donation to my signature charity, Susan G. Komen.

Holiday Treasures: Art for a good Cause, runs through January 30, 2011. 


Bern Ross, Artist said...

A beautiful post, Louise. I wish I could visit... I'm not a traveller at the best of times and at the moment we are snowed in with a ton of white stuff from Siberia!

It's allowing time to paint though. Keep on dawbing.

martinealison said...

Très bel hommage que celui-ci... Je vous envoie toute mon affection. Bises

Louise B. Hafesh said...

Thank you both for your kind comments.

Joanne Licsko said...

A lovely painting Louise!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

A very special mother you had. I can also imagine how proud she was of your talents. A beautiful painting!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Such heritage you have!
I count my blessings to still have my Mama with me at 83. She's up with the birds doing crossword puzzles late into the morning and she still drives to Florida from Massachusetts to visit my sister.
The paintings are lovely and best of luck with your show and your good works.

Louise B. Hafesh said...

Mary, How wonderful that you still have your mom with you. Bravo to her for continuing to live her life to its fullest!