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THE ARTIST'S WEBSITE:
Vermont artist, Meryl Lebowitz, has been creating unique visual art
for more than 30 years. A self-taught oil painter, Lebowitz has experimented
with painting not only on canvas and paper, but on a variety of unlikely
surfaces, from violins to scrap metal. Her paintings range from the
realistic to the surrealistic, often combining photographs with the
painted image. Her subjects are familiar: local faces and landscapes,
the interior of her studio or favorite restaurants, friends and family,
but their appeal is universal. Her award winning work can be found
in collections throughout the United States.
Meryl Lebowitz was born in Glens Falls, New York, in 1951.
“Making art was always my favorite activity and I remember ruining
many bedspreads and carpets by spilling india ink.” In 1964
she completed her first oil painting, “Brother Matt’s
Lebowitz attended the State University College at Oswego from 1970-1974,
receiving BS in Art and Elementary Education and a BA in Studio Art.
She began teaching art in middle school 2 weeks after graduating,
and continued for 3 years. In 1977 she moved to Concord, New Hampshire
and married. Her work was signed “Meryl Keegan” for the
next 20 years.
In 1978, Lebowitz and her husband moved to Lyndonville, in Vermont’s
“Northeast Kingdom”. Her two sons were born in 1980 and
1982. While they were young, she taught art to special needs students
and worked for “Very Special Arts Vermont”. She also worked
as the Arts in the Schools Coordinator at Catamount Arts in St Johnsbury,
In 1988, Lebowitz and fellow artist, Ellen Levitt, established their
own art school in Lyndonville, Vermont. For 4 years they offered a
variety of classes to children and adults. They also began producing
a line of jewelry called “Alchemy Wearable Art” which
was made from found scrap metal. Not only was their one-of-a-kind,
environmentally correct jewelry the subject of many newspaper and
magazine articles, but it was recognized nationally when featured
in a syndicated CBS news short. In the late 90’s, both artists
abandoned the jewelry business to pursue their individual artistic
interests. Lebowitz began devoting full time to her painting, continuing
to study portraiture and landscape, while experimenting with photographic
images. Her work was published in a number of magazines including
Vermont Life, Art Calendar and Artists' Magazine.
In 1999, after having divorced 4 years earlier, Lebowitz returned
to her maiden name. She began to divide her time between Lyndonville
and Burlington , Vermont, introducing city-scapes and water studies
to her body of work. In 2002, she married David Tanych and they began
working on their home and art compound in Kirby, Vermont.
“This collaboration combines every artistic aspiration that
David and I share. It’s a work in progress, which will never
be completed, but fills us with enormous gratification.”
Meryl Lebowitz is represented by Frog Hollow
in Burlington, Vermont, the Vermont fine Art’s Gallery in Stowe,
Vermont and the Furchgott & Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, Vermont.
For the past 15
years I have been exploring oil paint on a variety of surfaces,
however, I’m driven by a strong desire to create in
any medium. My subjects are very personal: the people, places
and things that I encounter in my daily life. Inspired by
my love of changing light and seasons, humor, and a need to
record my time on earth, I aim to pull viewers into my world,
while connecting them to their own memories.