An Odyssey: Beverly Rockwell- Ginnelly Retrospective Exhibition
4th Friday Art Walk Reception with Beverly’s family
February 28th 5:00 – 7:00 PM
“This is a memorial tribute to my wife and long-time traveling companion who passed away in June 2018. Beverly was a graduate of Hollywood High School, Los Angeles, CA. In the early fifties she was a student at the Chouinard Art Institute in L.A. where she studied watercolor and oil painting with Max Brandt and Ed Reep. For almost twenty years, we lived in Cambodia, Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, New Zealand and Venezuela. In Cairo, she learned the art of applying oil paints to Egyptian cotton stretched over bas-relief copies from the tombs of ancient Egyptians. Prior to that, she made black and white and sepia rubbings of temple scenes in Cambodia. Beverly was an avid quilter and active in other aspects of fiber arts. She was also a printmaker who created collectible greeting cards.
I decided to call her show, ‘An Odyssey’ because our time together was a long and wondering voyage. When you see the collection together it is clear that Beverly used her art to document everything she saw and experienced.
‘The Carousel’, a watercolor was one of her last works. Alzheimer’s had set in and if you take the time to look at it, you can sense a myriad of fanciful memories from a life that has come full circle.
Beverly believed in the power of art and for this reason, her family wishes to donate proceeds for the ‘An Odyssey’ to the ‘Tis STEPS Art Education Program for Children.” ~ Gerry Ginnelly with additional notes from conversations with Gerry by Patti Ortiz 2019