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Exhibition Dates: November 16 to December 14

‘Friends’ Bring Famous Abstract Artist’s Works for Exhibit

An exhibition of the works of one of the early leaders of the abstract art movement will be on display at the North Miami Public Library, 835 N.E. 132 Street, North Miami, from November 16 to December 14, open free to the public, courtesy of the Friends of the North Miami Public Library.



Esphyr Slobodkina was an accomplished artist, an avante gard leader and a prolific producer of a wide variety of creative works.

On Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm there will be a presentation by AnnMarie Sayer, president of the Slobodkina Foundation, on the “Life, Art and Work of the Artist,” followed by a guided tour of the exhibition and a reception.

A self-proclaimed late bloomer, Esphyr Slobodkina discovered untapped creativity in a variety of pursuits expanding from art, sculpture, and storybooks to couture, dress making, sewing, millinery, fabric design, cloth wall hangings, polychrome, handmade accessories, dolls, toys, and jewelry, well into her 90s.

She was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists in 1936, at age 28 in New York City. She had come to New York in 1928, at age 20 from Manchuria, where the family had fled from her native Siberia after the Russian Civil War began. The majority of her work was created in the Northeast U.S. except for a dozen years when she resided in South Florida.

During her time in South Florida, in 1988, she created and donated the huge two-wall mural of The Wonderful Feast which is on permanent display in the Children’s Room of the North Miami Public Library, plus donated an autographed collection of 20 of her children’s books. It was during her Florida years that she wrote her 20th and last children’s book, Billy the Condominium Cat.

In addition to her children’s books and abstract art, she sculpted, painted, collaged, and took her hand to creative jewelry making, couture dressmaking, architectural design, doll making, and writing. Examples of much of her works are included in the exhibition.

There will a program for children featuring her storybook, The Wonderful Feast , on Wednesday, November 16 at 4:30 pm. at the North Miami Public Library, The Wonderful Feast Musical Narrative & Workshop. In this program, children work together in a group environment while acting as the barnyard animal characters in her book, The Wonderful Feast, through reading, acting and singing. The presentation includes an artistic collage building activity inspired by the book. Public is welcome, no charge.

The Friends of the North Miami Public Library is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the North Miami Public Library patrons, staff, volunteers and citizens by raising funds to purchase reading materials, equipment, supplies, refreshments, field trips, professional services and free to the public programs that enhance intergenerational literacy. This 30+-year-old organization has a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, allowing donations to be tax deductible.

The exhibit is open free to the public during library hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm. Library is closed on Sunday. The library is located at 835 NE 132 St., North Miami, FL 33161. For additional information call the library at 305-891-5535.

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