Works of Hella Bailin: An Honoring
Curated by Bobbi Bailin
April 27–May 8
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth
(508) 394-7100, www.cultural-center.org
On April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Cultural Center of Cape Cod hosts a reception for this exhibit as well as exhibits featuring the art of Arlene Black Mollo, Barbara Quinn Grasso, Judy Beck, Cassia Maia, and Corinne Bellingham. The reception and exhibits are free and open to the public. A silent auction of a Hella Bailin painting, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1959, to raise money for Haiti relief, is on view at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod until May 8.
Hella returned to art school when the family settled near Newark, New Jersey, and established a reputation as a prominent artist, winning many regional and national awards, while she taught and advocated for the arts. “My mother was an independent, free-thinking, free-wheeling, outspoken, inventive soul,” Bobbi says. Bobbi remembers that by the time she was eight years old, her mother was creating art using a variety of media: casein, pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, and oils. Later, she traveled extensively, searching and observing people, and finding inspiration in movement, light, and human interaction. “She called her work ‘expressionistic,’” Bobbi recalls. “It’s expressing yourself, not necessarily in a photographic way. It’s a way of simplifying things, seeing more of the important things and not going for the detail.”