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Hidden in Hartford: Selected Works by Selma Lobel and Matthew Tovian     19. Jan - 16. Feb 2013


This exhibition features the collages of Selma Lobel and the paintings of Matthew Tovian. Lobel's mixed media paper collages are notable for their intuitive spatial refinement and their exceptional balance and harmony. Matthew Tovian's paintings directly connect to work of artists he admired and the pictures in the show pay homage to John LaFarge, Rene Magritte and Benjamin West. Selma Lobel was born in 1922 and raised in New York City. She came to Hartford in the early 1950's, and was the first Director of Planned Parenthood in Hartford and subsequently Director of The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford. She has made collages and watercolors as well as jewelry and is mostly self-taught as an artist. Matthew Tovian was born in Russia and arrived in Lomza, Poland with his family, in flight from Russian pograms, at the age of one. After the partition of Poland in 1939, his town was only a few miles from the new German border. Because of his artistic and linguistic skills he was conscripted to work for the Soviets as an interpreter and on political graphics. After the war, he spent some time in a DP camp in western Germany. He arrived in New York City in 1949 and moved to Hartford in 1950. After some courses in mechanical engineering, he worked as a draftsman and later as an industrial illustrator. Fine art, especially oil painting, was his chief interest for many years and he won several prizes for his paintings.

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