Through her art, Hella Bailin revealed some of the best and worst moments of her life. From the worst—her parents were killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust—to joyful world travels, Bailin created her art as a way to embrace cultures, capture the essential goodness of people, and accept and express her extraordinary sorrow and loss.
Now, Hella’s daughter, Bobbi Bailin of Falmouth, has organized an exhibit of her late mother’s art for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Some of her work is heart wrenching, such as her drawing of Adolph Hitler, titled He Killed My Father and Mother. Other pieces are elegant renderings of her travels, such as Boats, a watercolor and casein image of a small Greek harbor. Together, the art forms an exhibit that is powerful in content, form, history, and emotion.