Paint For The Fun Of It – Jessica Zemsky

Yellow Buildings Small Reading Small Animal Crackers Small Daydreaming Small“Paint For The Fun Of It”, is the title for the upcoming show by artist, Jessica Zemsky. The exhibit will open October 14, with an artist’s reception and print signing at The Frame Garden, 101 S. Main, Livingston. The event will start at 5:30pm with a brief artist’s address at 6:00 The moniker for the show is descriptive of both the life-filled 93 year old artist and her work. Working primarily in gouache, pastel, and watercolor, Zemsky captures the world around her, and especially the children in it. The vibrancy and immediacy of her style captures the movement, radiance, and mischievousness of children.
A retrospective of sorts, the show includes everything from her occasional oil painting to the simplicity of drawings. Subjects include fruit and vegetable still lifes, colorful Italian villages, lush gardens, the human figure, and the expressive children she is perhaps known best for capturing.
Born in N.Y. in 1923, Zemsky graduated from the Pratt Institute and worked in commercial art. In 1975 she made the bold move to Montana following her soon to be husband and fellow artist, Jack Hines.
Zemsky and Hines earned reputations revered for the quality workshops they organized and taught, mentoring younger artists, and the prestigious shows they helped found, and showed their work in. Zemsky’s career has included writing books ranging from the instructional “Capturing the Magic of Children in Your Painting” to “Kid Stuff”, a collection of over 50 of her paintings with accompanying poems. She has authored or been featured in numerous magazines such as “Southwest Art”. Most recently, both artists were featured in the 2014 Art issue of “Big Sky Journal”.
In 2013 Jessica Zemsky donated 30 original paintings to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings for their pediatric department. She considers it one of her greatest life accomplishments. Bringing joy and comfort to the children and their parents. The hospital even produced a coloring book of the images for the young patients.
“To paint a child you have to be a child…. At least at heart” wrote Zemsky in an article in Southwest Art. This 93 year old artist continues to have a twinkle in her eye and the heart of a child.
Painting has led to a fulfilling life for Zemsky, “Go places. Meet People. Keep it pure.”

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