Reception held for Harriette Chelnik retrospective
Family, friends, colleagues, and members of the College community gathered at the Mooney Center Gallery on Sunday, September 14, to pay tribute to Harriette Chelnik and her body of work.
“She was indeed a true artist, with a combination of talent, skills, craft, and vision,” said Chelnik’s eldest son, Marc. He traced Chelnik’s artistic path, from growing up in Brooklyn with a businessman father and an artistically inclined mother, to her later work.
Chelnik pursued many interests as a maturing artist, Marc said, from graphics and illustration, to architecture and design, to painting and sculpture. “She was a creative talent influenced by the trends of her times,” said Marc. “She was endowed with an optimistic American spirit mixed with a realistic view of the world and society as it struggled through the Depression.”
Brenna Mayer, Vice President for College Advancement, gave the opening remarks. Chelnik’s daughter, Roberta Roth, also shared her experiences growing up with her artistic mother. Poet Austin Alexis read two of his poems.
Chelnik graduated from The College of New Rochelle in 1973, and served as a trustee of the College for many years. She died on September 3, 2013.
A Retrospective: Harriette Chelnik will be on display at the Mooney Center Gallery through October 12.