Castle Gallery at The College of New RochelleCastle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle

A Retrospective: Harriette Chelnik

The College of New Rochelle pays tribute to Harriette Chelnik, an artist who created many artworks throughout her lifetime.

Harriette’s sculptures and paintings show great sensuality and technical skill. Her transition from stone to wood to oil painting shows a wide range of ability and timeless artistic inspiration. The sensuous curves of her figures link traditional Greek stone carving to a more contemporary post-impressionist aesthetic. Her portrait work addresses the figure in more formal compositions while her more liberated landscape paintings reveal her knowledge of art history and tradition.

Before World War II Harriette Chelnik studied art at NYU. She continued her education and graduated from The College of New Rochelle in 1973. Harriette is a former student of The Art Students League of New York. Many of her works are carved from ivory soapstone, a material familiar to artisans for more than three millennia. The history of working with soapstone timelessly crossed many cultures. She studied sculpture with and was influence by Lorrie Goulet, an acclaimed artist living and working in New York City. Harriette was also a licensed interior designer. She and partner Ethel Pear owned their own company, named Chelnik & Pear, from 1980 to 2000.

Harriette married Martin Chelnik, a successful businessman, in 1946. She is the mother of three children, Marc, Roberta and Peter, and grandmother to Amy, Melissa and Charles. She has five great-grandchildren, Jordan, Tyler, Brandon, Ella and Ryan. She was an exquisite woman with a deep interest in fine art and antiques. Harriette was a trustee of The College of New Rochelle for many years under Sister Dorothy Ann. She died on September 3, 2013.

The show will be on display in the Mooney Center Gallery from August 30 to October 12, 2014, with an opening reception Sunday, September 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Peter Chelnik will read his poetry during the opening reception, with Austin Alexis.

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