This Saturday, April 22 at 12:30 pm, the public is invited to join the congregation of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 4100 Sherbrooke Street West, to enjoy Lunch and Learn with acclaimed Montreal artist Rita Briansky. While participants enjoy a light lunch they will also enjoy a presentation by the artist, art instructor, lecturer., who will describe in words and pictures the difficulties and experiences she and her family encountered, and her later return visit to her birthplace Poland.
Briansky who was born in Grajewo, Poland in 1925, immigrated to Canada with her family before the war when she was just four. She found her calling… art … when living in Montreal and studied art under Alexander Bercovitch and Anne Saveage at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts, L’ecole des beaux-arts and the New York Art Student’s League. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Norway and France.
In 1977, Briansky collaborated with Veronica Tennant, dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, on the children’s story, On Stage, Please, a story about a young girl’s quest to become a ballerina. That collaboration resulted in a series of 14 sketches which in 2008, were installed in the On-Stage, Please Gallery installed in the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Similar installations are hosted at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital.
At the age of 70 Briansky returned, alone except for two guides, to Poland to come to terms with the Holocaust. That step back in time moved her to create the Kaddish Series, 18 paintings that are a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and are now part of a permanent collection at the Montreal Jewish Hospital.
In 2008 Briansky’s works were featured in the group exhibit Jewish Painters of Montreal: Witnesses of Their Time, 1930-1948 at the Musee des beaux-arts du Québec. A tremendous success, the exhibition was hosted in other venues including the McCord Museum in 2010.
In 2011, Briansky in collaboration with photographer Susan G. Scott, published “My Name is RIta Briansky – A series of autobiographical fragments,” that through words and pictures tell the story of her life.At 92 the artist/teacher continues to lecture and is still actively painting.
This is a free event art aficionados do not want to miss. For more information phone 514.937.3575