ELENI SMOLEN
 

                      
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I found my calling in my forties - better late than never - when I moved upstate to a very rural environment surrounded by the natural beauty of woodlands, stone walls, overgrown abandoned apple orchards. After years of working in NYC at various non-profits, corporations and health centers, my dream became to move to the country. It was the solitude and quiet that allowed me to start to paint (see Biophilia) in a small upstairs bedroom of a little farmouse situated at the top of a winding, s-curved dirt road.

David and I have resettled in Beacon, New York where we have come to enjoy the "in-between" of both worlds - the beauty of the natural world as well as the community of involved individuals. It is here that I opened a small contemporary art gallery (TheoGanz Studio) on Main Street. And it is here that, in Beacon's Centennial Year (2013), I started an annual public art project called Beacon 3D, now in its seventh consecutive year.

2017 - 2019  brought many changes into my life:  the death of my mother in August 2017; the closure of the brick and mortar of TheoGanz Studio on Main Street after a six-year run; and, the rental of a painting studio in Newburgh, New York just across the river from Beacon. I continue to curate special exhibitions and events in the area (see theoganzstudio.com) as well as represent Inuit prints and sculpture from Cape Dorset.   

May 2019


 
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