Into The Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron
By Susan Beilby Magee
GLENDALE, CA On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 7pm Author Susan Beilby Magee will present Into the Light : The Healing Art of Kalman Aron, at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street in Glendale. The presentation is in English. Admission is free; seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
INTO THE LIGHT: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron relates the life of émigré artist Kalman Aron from his youth as an art prodigy in Latvia, through four years of darkness in Holocaust slave labor and concentration camps—where drawing portraits of guards for morsels of food would save him from starvation. After the war, he made his way to the Vienna Fine Arts Academy where he received his Masters in Fine Art. He then left Europe, finding sanctuary in California in 1949. Aron first found success in America by painting pastels of children, later becoming known for landscapes and studies of people in his unique style of “psychological realism.” His work soon caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and connoisseurs alike, and commissions arrived from such notables as Ronald Reagan, Henry Miller and André Previn. Kalman Aron was honored in 2010 with the hanging of his iconic Mother and Child in the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Aron resides in Los Angeles, California.
Susan Beilby Magee grew up in Glendale and earned her BA at Pomona College and her MBA at Wharton. A former White House Fellow, she had a successful career in government and business before turning to matters of the heart: hypnotherapy and meditation. Susan Magee’s life-long friendship with Kalman Aron began when she sat for her portrait at age six. A half century later, the artist asked her to write his story, and she spent countless hours interviewing him, his family and friends and other Latvian survivors. Over nine years, she traveled his path across Europe from Riga, through seven slave labor and concentration camps in Latvia, Poland, Germany and then Czechoslovakia and finally to Vienna where he studied art before coming to Los Angeles.
The program is sponsored by Glendale, Library Arts & Culture.