CSL Public Library to feature watercolourist Phyllis Nashen, May 30 to July 2, 2019

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Phyllis Nashen

Phyllis Nashen

 

For Phyllis Nashen, a resident of Cote Saint-Luc for more than 60 years, art has always been in her blood. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Phyllis recalls being active in painting and drawing from her earliest memories.

Always interested in the fine arts, Phyllis painted in oils with Hermann Heimlich for six years.  After his death she enrolled in courses at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts with Seymour Segal and Chaki.  She has worked in oil paints, watercolour, stone sculpting, stained glass, ceramics, mosaics and various other art forms for nearly 50 years.

Mad Cow, watercolouir by Phyllis Nashen

Mad Cow, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Watercolour has become her favourite pastime since studying with Rita Briansky and Shirley Katz.  She also studied with Myrna Brooks Bercovitch, SCA. She delves into abstract realism and has developed her own style which is the use of bright colours and she loves to paint flowers. In fact, she paints a flower somewhere in most of her paintings, like a signature. 

Her latest foray into the abstract brought out her passion for art and painting, to the point when she is at her easel she is totally lost in the emotion of the subject and forgets to eat.

Phyllis has displayed her works at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors where she was an active volunteer, as well as at The Fraser-Hickson Library, Galerie Mile End, the Boca Raton Museum School of Art and at the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library.

Music Music Music, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Music Music Music, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Painting for Phyllis is a form of therapy and a way of life. She manages to paint just about every day, even if its only for an hour or two.

“Phyllis is an exceptional artist and we are delighted to welcome her back to the Art Gallery of the CSL Public Library for her second exhibit in three years,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “We are fortunate to count Phyllis among the incredibly talented artists from Cote Saint-Luc.”

Her latest creations will be exhibited in the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery, from May 30 through July 2, 2019, where she will be exhibiting 20 of her watercolour paintings. Come see the exhibit located at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday to Thursday and 10 am to 6 pm on Friday. The library is open noon to 5 pm on legal holidays.

See more of Phyllis Nashen’s work at FineArtAmerica.com (fineartamerica.com/profiles/phyllis-nashen.html).

Road to Nowhere, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Road to Nowhere, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

 

One thousand lives touched by the kindness of a quiet mom

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Phyllis Nashen with Jeremy and Nathalie dropping off Holiday gifts with Stephanie at the Shriners Hospital (Dec. 12, 2018)

When a mother of four very active boys realizes they’ve all grown up and don’t have the same needs for her protective and nurturing ways what is she to do to continue providing happiness and joy to young children? Many return to their chosen professions or choose new ones. Some take time for themselves. Others choose to volunteer their time for a host of charities and community organizations.

My mother had volunteered in public schools in the capacity of a social worker, helping kids who didn’t fit in, or had difficult family situations or acted out in class. She would help them by playing games with them and sharing in one of her favourite pastimes, drawing and painting.

She also decided that she would continue to spread a little sunshine to some far less fortunate than her own kids and she turned to the Shriners Hospital in Montreal. Since late autumn of ’75, my mom has repeated her annual tradition of going out and purchasing little gifts for kids who would be spending their holidays in the world-renowned children’s orthopedic hospital. In the early days, she would head out to Woolworth and Kresge, two long forgotten department stores and stock up on 25 toys for little girls and boys. Her gift wrapping would be unique for Christmas and Chanukah, for boys and for girls.

Mom was always very organized in preparing for her annual pilgrimage to the Shriners before her winter treks to Florida. Now at 90, my mom no longer vacations down south but that hasn’t slowed her own Santa’s Workshop in getting ready for these kids.

Phyllis Nashen, an unlikely Santa Claus, with Julie at the Shriners Hospital (Dec. 3, 2010).

For several years she recruited my daughters to help with the toy purchases, gift wrapping and the drop off at the hospital. My mother always believed that acts of kindness and charity were very important for the whole family to partake in.

“It’s important to me to put a smile on their faces,” Phyllis says.

While assisting my mom in wrapping gifts in December 2010 when my daughter Nathalie was seven years old, she said, “This is my project – I do it every year for Christmas and Chanukah. It is a Mitzvah (a good deed).”

That same year, my eldest, Nicole was 10. She remarked that this activity was lots of fun. “It makes me feel good knowing we did something to cheer up the kids who will spend their holidays in the hospital. Some can’t even get out of bed and they need even more happiness.”

Through the years my children have learned important life lessons from my mother’s generosity and acts of kindness. Indeed, our entire family is involved to varying degrees of volunteerism and community life.

Nicole and Nathalie Nashen (aka Phyllis’s Elves) deliver gifts at the Shriners Hospital (Dec. 3, 2010).

“It makes me feel good to share with others and to make the kids at the Shriners happy by doing a small thing like this,” Phyllis explained. “I’ve taught my children, and grandchildren, that we’re lucky to have what we have and we must appreciate this and give a little back.” My mom always loved children and thought that she could continue making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Maybe some didn’t have family close by. Perhaps some didn’t have family at all. “I like giving, not receiving,” Phyllis says.

My father, George, 95, couldn’t be more proud of his wife. “She has always shown compassion and acted with kindness,” dad says.

Nathalie, now 15 says she is, “incredibly proud of this legacy that my grandmother has created. I will be honoured to participate this year once again, and every year that Bubs (as Phyllis is affectionately referred to by her grand-kids) continues to do this.” Nathalie goes on to say,”My Bubs is like a candle spreading light, illuminating the next candle, and the next, one thousand times over.”

What’s my mother’s message to my own children? “Don’t be selfish and think of yourself. Think of others first,” she says. “Imagine the smiles on all of the faces you’ve touched, without ever knowing them or seeing them,” she says.

Though she never met face to face with a single child at the Shriners, her message is one of pure love and goodness. “I hope you enjoy what I’ve given you. I hope you’ll be healthy as possible and live a long and happy life.”

For more than 40 years my mom has wrapped and delivered holiday toys to bring joy to more than 1000 children who had to be in the hospital instead of at home with their families. My mom created 1000 happy moments out of gloom, turning 1000 frowns into smiles. We’re mighty proud of my mom, 1000 times over.

Artist evokes mood of art deco era, Phyllis Nashen exhibit runs at CSL Public Library thru May 29

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CSL Community Art Space to feature works by Phyllis Nashen

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Phyllis Nashen

Phyllis Nashen

For Phyllis Nashen, a resident of Cote Saint-Luc for nearly 60 years, art has always been in her blood. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Phyllis recalls being active in painting and drawing from her earliest memories.

Always interested in the fine arts, Phyllis painted in oils with Hermann Heimlich for six years.  After his death she enrolled in courses at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts with Seymour Segal and Chaki.  She has worked in oil paints, watercolour, stone sculpting, stained glass, ceramics, mosaics and various other art forms for more than 40 years.

Mad Cow, watercolouir by Phyllis Nashen

Mad Cow, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Watercolour has become her favourite pastime since studying with Rita Briansky and Shirley Katz.  She also studied with Myrna Brooks Bercovitch, SCA. She currently delves into abstract realism and has developed her own style which is the use of bright colours and she loves to paint flowers. In fact, she paints a flower somewhere in most of her paintings, like a signature. 

Her latest foray into the abstract brought out her passion for art and painting, to the point when she is at her easel she is totally lost in the emotion of the subject and forgets to eat.

Phyllis has displayed her works at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors where she was an active volunteer, as well as at The Fraser-Hickson Library, Galerie Mile End, the Boca Raton Museum School of Art and at the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library.

Music Music Music, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Music Music Music, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Painting for Phyllis is a form of therapy and a way of life. She manages to paint just about every day, even if its only for an hour or two.

Her latest creations will be exhibited at the Community Art Space, in the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, where she will be exhibiting 20 of her watercolour paintings. Come see the exhibit in the Library’s Community Art Space located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. from April 28 through May 29.

See more of Phyllis Nashen’s work at FineArtAmerica.com (fineartamerica.com/profiles/phyllis-nashen.html).

Road to Nowhere, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

Road to Nowhere, watercolour by Phyllis Nashen

 

Charity is a family affair

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For the past 35 years an unassuming and elegant woman from Cote Saint-Luc has made an annual pilgrimage to the Shriners Hospital in Montreal before her winter trek to Florida. She has no interest in being at the Shriners other than to bring a little joy and a smile to those children who are hospitalized during the holidays.

Phyllis Nashen, an unlikely Santa Claus, with Julie at the Shriners Hospital

This person is none other than my very own mother, Phyllis Nashen. For the last three years she has recruited my daughters to help with the toy purchases, gift wrapping and the drop off at the hospital.

Nathalie says, “This is my project – I do it every year for Christmas and Chanukah. It is a Mitzvah (a good deed).”

My eldest, Nicole reported that the activity was lots of fun. “It makes me feel good knowing we did something to cheer up the kids who will spend their holidays in the hospital. Some can’t even get out of their beds and they need even more happiness.”

My girls have learned important life lessons from my mother’s generosity and acts of kindness, as has our entire family – each involved to varying degrees of volunteerism and community life.

Nicole and Nathalie Nashen (aka Santa's Elves) deliver gifts at the Shriners Hospital

“It makes me feel good to share with others and to make the kids at the Shriners happy by doing a small thing like this,” Phyllis explained. “I’ve taught my children, and grandchildren, that we’re lucky to have what we have and we must appreciate this and give a little back.”

They say charity begins at home. For us, charity is a family affair.

A Passion 4 Colours: Exhibit from May 6 to June 6

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“An Overnight Success“, by Sid Burns

For Phyllis Nashen, a long time resident of Cote St. Luc, art has always been in her blood. Going as far back as 1965, under the tutelage of Herman Heimlich, she studied oil painting. And for the next fifteen years, Phyllis took classes with Seymour Segal and Chaki, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts.

By 1980, Phyllis made a change and decided to study water colour with Rita Briansky. This change really brought out her passion forart and painting, to the point when she is at her easel she is totally lost in the emotion of the subject and forgets to eat.

Currently, she is studying with Myrna Brooks Bercovitch, SCA. She currently delves into Abstract realism and has developed her own style which is the use of bright colors and loves to paint flowers. In fact, she paints a flower somewhere in all of her paintings, like a signature.

In 1997, Phyllis exhibited at The Fraser-Hickson Library, Montreal, then in 2008 at Galerie Mile End, Montreal and at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art, Boca Raton, Florida.

Painting for Phyllis is a form of therapy and a way of life. She manages to paint just about everyday, even if its only an hour or two.

Her “overnight success”, has brought her to the Eleanor London Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, where she will be exhibiting thirty of her water colour paintings, starting May 6th through June 6th, 2010.

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