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Belle Kogan Greenberg was a dedicated artist and BEKI member, who passed away on June 18, 2022, after an inspiring life of creative work. BEKI is privileged to honor her memory with an exhibition of artworks spanning her career.
Belle was born in 1931 in Montreal. She studied studio art at the Yale University School of Art, Architecture & Design (now Yale Art School) from 1962 to 1964. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria Gallery in Montreal, and in New Haven with the Paint & Clay Club, Connecticut Classic Arts, Ezra Academy, Creative Arts Workshop, the Frame Shop, and the JCC Exhibit of Women Artists in Connecticut, as well as at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
BEKI owns 3 works by Belle, which were donated by the artist. Her 1961 painting of Ben Gurion was produced in response to seeing Ben Gurion teaching on a kibbutz, which Belle visited with her husband while living in Israel. The portrait was painted as a gift for her mother, Leah Baron Kogan, who was an ardent Zionist. In 2012, a few years after her mother’s death, Belle donated the painting to BEKI in her memory.
Her 1961 painting, Morning Prayer, was donated by the artist in 2006. Both Morning Prayer and Ben Gurion are oil on Masonite board, framed in wood with gold leaf.
We thank Belle Greenberg’s family, including her children, Lisa and Ezra, for kindly loaning us artworks from the family collection. The exhibition also includes artworks generously loaned by Jay and Margie Hirshfield.