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Honored in Italy

[cleeng_content id=”186768149″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Charles Town painter gets solo show in Milan

It’s the first time Abelow – a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Fine Arts in New York – has had a solo exhibition of paintings in Europe.

The works on display at Lucie Fontaine in Milan through March 25 include paintings on paper starting after her completion of art school in 1948.

The 90-year-old who fled her native Czechoslovakia with her parents, siblings and other family members just before the start of World War II has led free weekly art classes at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center in Ranson since 2003.

Anyone 60 or older can enroll in Abelow’s hour-long art classes, held Tuesday mornings at the senior center at 103 W. Fifth Ave.

Joshua Abelow, an artist based in New York, helped prepare his grandmother’s work for the Milan exhibition.

Her paintings are deeply personal, he says. “Her work tells the story of her life – it’s a window into a private world that would otherwise have the curtains pulled shut.”

She also provided a powerful influence on him as an artist.

“Some of the work that speaks to me the most is quite simple – perhaps only a few lines or brush marks,” he said. “She has an amazing sense of color and line and is able to capture the essence of her subject or subjects with a kind of warm precision. I admire that.”

Besides her latest exhibition in Italy, Abelow also has been the subject of solo shows at galleries around the Panhandle and in Frederick, Hagerstown and other cities in Maryland. Her work was featured in a group exhibition in Prague last year and at the United Nations Women’s Conference in Kenya in the mid-1990s.

This spring, art fans will have the chance to see some of her work closer to home. In late April, Abelow and some of her senior center students are set to exhibit paintings and other art in Charles Town at the Old Opera House’s Jean Heiler Gallery.

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