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Poetry in Paint

Bea Mandelman in Taos

Poetry in Paint

Bea Mandelman in Taos

"Creation is pure freedom" - Bea Mandelman

 

New Mexico PBS is bringing one of Taos’ great artistic stories to life in a special one-hour documentary about painter Bea Mandelman. An intimate portrait, Bea’s story is richly illustrated with a lifelong collection of artworks and personal photographs. Bea’s voice rings out through recently available private journals that she kept throughout her life and a candid, radio interview produced by Phaedra Greenwood in 1995. Her unmistakable voice, complimented with her writings, provides rare insight into Bea’s thoughts about painting and process.

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Bea Mandelman OVEE Screening

OVEE screening in partnership with the Hardwood Museum in Taos.

Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m.

OVEE LOGO

Bea Mandelman OVEE Screening

OVEE screening in partnership with the Hardwood Museum in Taos.

Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m.

Featured are interviews with those who knew Bea best: David Witt, Phaedra Greenwood, John Nichols, Alexandra Benjamin, and Brenda Euwer.

"Bea would say, “I am trying to come up with a new vocabulary in art.” So the question is, how to do that. But, it was a question that could not be answered in words. It could only be answered in paint." - David Witt

"There is a mystery to the artistic process and that is what she was exploring. And, that takes courage." - Phaedra Greenwood

"She was a worker, and I respect that more than anything else." - John Nichols

"She had a long life and a long life of not being recognized. She struggled with that." - Alexandra Benjamin

"She is such a strong painter for a … Here I am saying, for a woman. Why do I have to say that? It’s awful. Why, are men better?" - Brenda Euwer

The goal is to further recognize and celebrate the contribution of New Mexico’s women artists. Poetry in Paint: Bea Mandelman in Taos is produced in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Foundation, UNM’s Center for Southwest Research and the Harwood Museum.


"One should try to live in a world where one must constantly play a role in creating that world." - Bea Mandelman