Laikind Nelson -- Paintings
Feb 1916 - 14 July 2007)
J.I. Nelson, 2008
Florence & Gilbert Nelson came of age in the Dirty Thirties, in
intellectual atmosphere of New York, steeped in Marxism and
oriented towards the culture of a distant Europe. Europe got
closer when Gil became a Case Officer for the Central Intelligence
Agency, and the couple took their family to Germany in the 1950s and to
Rome in the 1960s.
Gil was sent next to Viet-Nam, where his work received recognition and still reflected his values as a social activist from the Great Depression. But wives
and dependents had to live in Hong Kong. They
came home to
the Washington DC area in the 1970s, and Florence plunged
into art in the 1980s. First she studied to become a docent
for the Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden.
1990s approached, she enrolled in drawing and painting
classes herself. Her teachers were Mrs. P. McGrath and
Florence herself became kibitzer and critic to Irene
She lived in a home filled with art works by her
her son David Charles Nelson, her daughter Lydia Miriam Nelson, her
Hannay Nelson, and friends old and new: Jackie Freedman,
Irene Awret (artist
her sculptor and print-maker husband Azriel Awret,
Field, artist Tony Lucchesi, sculptor Joe Bolinsky, pen-and-ink master Mori
Art came out of the
basement, art came
out of the attic, art came
out of the crawlspace -- some of it damaged, some of it good, and some
of it here.
(painting: Florence Nelson, "Frieda" 1998, 25 x
20"; taken by Robin & Jerry Nelson)
I myself married an artist, and now I have a son who paints too.
Our walls are full, the closets are stuffed.
Please persuade yourself to acquire one of
by making a small donation to the synagogue where she worshiped.
You can send us your check made out to "Temple Micah".
The Temple has special funds
to which contributions may be
dedicated--even a small contribution will be appreciated and a
dedicated gift does not get lost. Shipping costs if any will be from the
Washington DC metro area.
--jerry & robin
at speakeasy rememberthedot net
robinhnelson at removethistext speakeasy dot netS
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