The Show!


Yesterday was a great day.  I ‘m still a little glowie.  Many many thanks to the amazing friends who came to see the show and celebrate with me.  Dear friends traveled many hours to be there.   Wonderful friends I hadn’t seen since high school came.  Former students, current students, neighbors, family of students past and present, dear friends and family were there as well.  So were four of the young women featured in the portraits.  I had the opportunity to meet enthusiastic art lovers and many of the very distinguished artists showing at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in the “Women Choose Women Again” exhibit.  This terrific show opened yesterday as well, and we shared the opening reception.

VERY special thanks to the curator of both shows, Mary Birmingham and Katherine Murdock, assistant curator.   It was a glorious afternoon.


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  1. congratulations…

  2. I am glad that this event went well for you, congratulations.—Shalom

  3. Marvellous Exhibition Elena.. I hadn’t realised your portraits were so big and I love the photos with the subjects of the paintings.. 😀

  4. Elena Fantastic!!!!! I forget I have pains it bring me great smile to watch your work!!

  5. Congratulations, Elena. Gorgeous work!

  6. Elena, I am without the words to describe my reaction to these portraits. You’ve captured the spirit, personality, the character of these girls so well. They are alive, and your photographs of them with the subjects are fantastic. The portraits look as if they are super-sized, real-life images standing beside the subjects instead of the other way around.

    I am so taken with them that I ordered your latest book simply because the portraits are there. Actually, I’d intended to order it some time ago and got distracted.

    Do you do portraits from photographs?

    • Oh my! Thanks George. I’m under the weather today and you comment certainly brightened the morning. Yes, these are busy ladies, so I took photos and worked from them. A few who lived far away, had to send photos and I worked the best I could from the compilations.

  7. Emilio Pasquale said:

    You are amazing. I couldn’t do half as good with my camera.

  8. All Is Vanity said:


  9. Congratulations Elena, your paintings look stunning!

  10. Love the size of those paintings!

  11. Congratulations, Elena, it looked like a fantastic and successful show, (wish I had a teleporter)

  12. settleandchase said:

    Wow it looks fantastic! And how wonderful to see such a crowd – you have obviously reached many people with your work, and by being you! Congratulations!

  13. Congratulations on your success! You are a tremendous talent!

  14. It’s good to hear that you feel glowie
    From the response to your latest showie.

  15. Wonderful, Elena. . . so happy for you!! Beautiful work!!

  16. So awesome! Congratulations on a great show. You are so talented!

  17. Congratulations on your success. 😀

  18. mothcaterpillar said:

    wow! everyone looks so positive, so happy! congratulations! it looks like a wonderful evening! 🙂

  19. Congratulations Elena! Looks fantastic 🙂

  20. Congrats Elena! Looks like an amazing show and judging from the smiles in the pictures it seems everyone enjoyed it! Your portraits are simple wonderful- wish I can paint as good as you.

  21. A fabulous exhibition Elena. Congratulations! I’d no idea the portraits were so large. I like the pairing of the model with their portrait.

  22. bravo and congrats! genuine talent and plenty of work are always worthwhile and rewarding… bonne continuation & cheers! Mélanie

  23. Wow! Congratulations Elena!

  24. Fantastic, well done and wow!

  25. Congratulations!
    It sounds like a great time was had. Your paintings are truly wonderful.

  26. You are so very kind. I very much appreciate your comment. Thank you Terry.

  27. Looks great show, congratulation.
    —- and it might be the first time to see your work with back-ground
    painstakingly painted ! = In deed it’s a lots of work. Well done Elena. 🙂
    (By the way, your “Quick drawing” should receive the same treatment.
    —– if the curator doesn’t agree, change a curator)

  28. Oh my your show was just fantastic! Love seeing your paintings hanging on the walls and seeing the beautiful reaction of those lovely girls whose faces shined down on them. Wonderful turn out, so deserved. Congratulations Elena!

  29. Congratulations! The show looks great, My favorite is the big portrait of a laughing girl.

  30. I am beyond impressed. Magnificent works, glorious show. You deserve all of the accolades and attention. Fabulous! Congratulations.

  31. I’m so pleased that you are receiving the recognition that you so richly deserve. Well done.

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