Artist, Arts Advocate, Advisor
I dropped off the Art Map in Canada very abruptly in 1970 when I was awarded the second of three Canada Council Grants. I moved to New York to study Film and TV production at Columbia University. I had been a sculptor and printmaker of national stature and was growing more interested in film making, because it provided a means of earning a living that sculpture couldn’t. I needed to earn a living. Poverty does not make for better art.
Living in a Manhattan apartment in the '70s didn’t provide a work space for sculpture so I had to let it go and concentrate on my documentary film career. I was hired after graduation, in 1973, by Laurence Solomon Productions as his assistant editor where I learned the editing craft and the film business. I assisted on many films, was promoted to sound editor, editor and later production manager on projects ranging from WNET’s Children’s Television Workshop, to the Pele Pepsico project and a regular series of documentary films for CBS “Eye on New York”. I won film awards at several documentary film festivals for my own independent films as well as craft awards for company productions. Larry was a great teacher and I was, as the saying goes, "on my way in New York”.
I married Elliot Hirschman in 1976, had a baby, Maya, in 1977, bought a house and launched my own post production company so I could work from home. I also taught film production and animation at Adelphi University on Long Island from 1977 – 1981. From 1978 to 1982I was filmmaker in residence with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, teaching a semester each year in New Jersey inner city high schools.
Every summer I came back to the family cottage in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains to introduce my daughter to cottage life and country values. Each summer I painted the landscape around me, and so it continued for over forty years.
A change in circumstances brought me to Toronto in 1983, and then to Peterborough in 1996. I worked in the communications area of the Ontario government. I designed media campaigns, promoted policy initiatives, and worked directly with First Nations on consultation strategies. I won awards for effective government communications but throughout, I kept on painting my private vision.
My husband died some years ago and my daughter is embarked on a life of her own in London, Ontario.
I’m retired now and still painting and taking pictures. I have been a champion of the Arts and an advocate for more Arts funding and recognition. There are all kinds of excellent, talented people here in Peterborough that are eking out tenuous livelihoods as artists or working in unrelated day jobs to support their art. If my volunteer work has helped in some small way to keep the creative fires burning, I’m happy. But now it’s my time.
I sculpt on a smaller scale now than in former years when my sculpture was over life size. My current work is primarily fired clay which is glazed but sometimes polychromed. My preferred painting media are acrylics, aqua-pastels combined with water colours and oil-pastels on paper, and most recently painting on my iPad using the Sketchbook Pro App. My exhibition career went fom early to late stage without a mid career because I worked solely in film from 1970 until 1983. When I returned to Canada, with a small daughter, I joined the Ontario Government as a Communications Planner and Advisor. Hence the long gap.
1960-1970 – Group Shows
- Quebec Sculptors’ Association “Trajectoire 65” – Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, QC
- 1967 – Quebec Sculptors Association, “Confrontations 67” Expo” Place des Arts , Montreal, QC
- Quebec Sculptors, Musee d’art contemporain – Montreal, QC
- 1969 – “People in the Park”, Rothman’s Art Gallery Stratford, ON
- “Realism(e)s” – Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, QC, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
- St. John’s Art Gallery – St. John’s, NF
1966-1969 – Solo Shows
- Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery – Regina, SK
- Confederation Art Gallery and Museum – Charlottetown, PEI
- Beaverbrook Art Gallery – Fredericton, NB
- “Day and Night”, Sir George Williams University Art Gallery – Montreal, QC
2010-Present – Solo Shows
- Blue Tomato Art Gallery – Peterborough, ON
- 2012 – Acrylics at Chasing the Cheese – Peterborough, ON
2011-Present – Group Shows
- Peterborough School of Art Alumni Exhibition and Art Auction, Peterborough, ON
- Peterborough School of Art Benefit Artathon 2012 and 2013, Peterborough, ON
- The First AGP Triennial Exhibition, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
- The Collective Vision – The Peterborough Regional Health Center Mental Health Permanent Collection and Rotating Exhibition 2013, Peterborough, ON
- Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bronfman personal collection
- Concordia University Collection of Canadian Art
- Mr. and Mrs. Lou Ritchie Canadian Art Foundation
- The Peterborough Regional Health Centre Permanent Collection
- Numerous private collections
- 1963–1970 – Practicing artist and art teacher in Montreal
- 1973–1976 – Documentary film production as Asst. Editor; Sound Editor; Editor; Production
- Manager with Laurence Solomon Film Group
- Clients included Children’s Television Workshop, CBS “”Eye on New York”, WNED, NBC.
- Commercial clients included Pepsico International and New York Cosmos.
- 1977–1983 – launched CHE Post Production Services as Principal Editor and Producer specializing in the notforprofit sector.
- Clients included – The US Food and Drug Administration, NYNJ Port Authority, Al-Anon Family Groups
- 1977–1983 – taught film production and animation at Adelphi University, Long Island and for the N.J. State Arts Council
- 1984–1986 – taught film production at York University, Toronto; and English at Centennial College, Toronto
- 1986–2001 – Senior Communications Planner and Public Consultation Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Community Volunteer Experience
- 1999–2000 Peterborough Heart and Stroke Foundation Campaign Chair/Spokesperson
- 2000 – 2002 Director and VP, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Board
- 2002 – 2006 President, PSO Board and served on Artsweek Steering Committee, and helped found the KYO as well as Lyric Stage. President of the Lyric Stage Board for two years.
- 2010 – 2012 Market Hall Capital Campaign Cabinet member.
- 2012 – to present – Acquisitions Committee member Art Gallery of Peterborough; Market Hall Public Art Advisor.
Education & Awards
- 1957-59 – Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) School of the Arts
- 1959 and 1960 – University of New Brunswick, Summer School
- 1960-62 – Montreal Museum of Fine Art School
- 1970-73 – Columbia University, NYC, Graduated with a MFA in Film and Communications
- 1973 – apprenticed with The Laurence Solomon Film Group, Inc. in the documentary film industry, New York City
- Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) Fine Arts Scholarship 1958/59
- Three time winner of the Canada Council Visual Arts Grant – 1968, 1970, 1971
- 1973-1980 - Bronx Student Festival, Harrisburg Film Festival Independent and Commercial Category Awards, New York Educational Film Festival, Moscow and Atlanta Film Festivals
No artist arrives fully formed. Many came before me and more still lead the way. I am particularlygrateful to the following:
- Alfred Pinsky (deceased) encouraged and kept me focused.
- Goodridge Roberts (deceased) demonstrated an unwavering honesty and work ethic.
- Dorothy Cameron (deceased) supported and promoted me in my early career.
- Ron Bloore (deceased) promoted my solo tour of galleries across Western Canada.
- Julie Szablowski shared my studio and a life of friendship
- David Hockney, a constant inspiration, who showed gracious interest in my iPad Art.
- David Baker who shows me how to my technical boundaries and gently tells me when to stop.
Member of CARFAC Ontario
Old artists never die, they just fade away. Apologies to Robert Graves.
C. Hogenkamp, 2011-2016