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ALTON S. TOBEY

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CHRISTMAS PARTY & ART AUCTION
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2006


          Two pre-publication estate proofs of a giclee scheduled to be released in 2007 entitled Rabbi With Torah Crown, that have been reproduced from an original painting that Alton Tobey created in the 1970's to benefit a Westchester NY synagogue, along with artwork by more than a dozen other artists will be offered to the public at a benefit auction to be held on Sunday, December 17th at Solas, 232 East 9th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenue, New York City.

          The auction is being held to support the preservation of St. Brigid's Church, a Historic Irish Famine Church on Tompkins Square Park in New York's East Village, despite plans by the Archdiocese of New York to demolish it. All proceeds from the sale of these etchings and all other art that has been donated for this event, which is being held in conjunction with the Christmas Party at Solas featuring live entertainment, music, dancing and refreshments that evening will go to benefit the organization supporting this cause.

          More information on the party and auction at Solas can be seen on the Committee to Save St. Brigid's PDF flyer and poster for the event, and the work of the organization to support this worthwhile cause can be found on the St. Brigid's website.




JULY 11, 2006
ALTON S. TOBEY HONORED BY RIDGEWAY SCHOOL
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Westchester School Dedicates Murals
To Memory of the Late Artist
Alton S. Tobey


White Plains, NY July 11, 2006 -- The late artist Alton S. Tobey (1914-2005) distinguished himself during the six decades of his career as an historical painter and illustrator, with murals created for The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., The National Sea-Air-Space Museum on board The Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City, at The MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA and at many other museums and public instutitions worldwide. For years, he was also kept very busy as an illustrator for many books and magazines such as LIFE, Readers Digest and many others, for which he made trips all over the world doing research and creating art.

        Yet, during all of these busy times, Tobey never forgot the students in his home community of Westchester County, NY; where he constantly did pro bono work as a teacher of art, and participated in many community art projects.

        On Monday, June 19th, 2006; just a few days before the close of their school year, the Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains, NY held a ceremony dedicating five murals that the school�s students had created over more than the past 20 years to this late artist and educator. During his lifetime, Tobey, despite his fame as a nationally famous artist, spent many days mentoring students at Ridgeway and other Westchester County schools teaching art and murals painting. In the 1980s, the program that fostered this effort was called Murals in Art, and it had been sponsored by a number of newspapers and many national and local companies and organizations.

        In 1985, in celebration of the Tricentennial of Westchester County, Tobey painted and donated a 12 x 20 foot mural titled Roots of Westchester containing dozens of historical images from the county�s past 300 years, to the White Plains County Court House, where it has been used for many years since then as an educational resource for Westchester teachers and students.

        Over this past year following Tobey�s death in 2005, Mrs. Bonnie Ackerman, WINGS teacher at the Ridgeway School, working with the Arts in General Education Program sponsored by the White Plains School District and with the help of three students - Jael Andre, Maggie Noonan and Juan Rodas discovered five murals in the school, and felt the need to bring them and Alton Tobey�s tremendous influence on the murals program to the attention of present-day students, faculty and parents.

        It was almost exactly twenty years ago on June 24th, 1986 that Ridgeway�s own fourth grade students� 4 x 16 foot mural Past, Present, Future had created under Tobey�s guidance. Now installed in the school�s auditorium, like Tobey�s Roots mural at the Westchester County Court House, it also includes images from American history: The Declaration of Independence and Paul Revere representing the past; The Statue of Liberty and Westchester�s local Kingsland Point Lighthouse the present; and Technology and Children Becoming Adults leading the way to the future.

        �Every time we go to the auditorium, which is in constant use,� Mrs. Ackerman said, �we are more and more aware of and observant of the murals and are proud many years later to re-educate others who visit. The children were very excited. They also discovered that their third grade teacher Mrs. Mary Baez was [back then] Mary Dorado, one of the same fourth graders who had created this beautiful art piece....and that also helps it to come all the more alive for them.�

        Over 200 students and school faculty members attended the dedication on Monday, June 19th, and a framed collector�s lithograph of Alton Tobey�s Roots of Westchester mural, together with a legend describing the historical figures in it, a gift from David and Judy Tobey, son of the late artist was presented to the school. It was a �thank you� to Ridgeway�s teachers and students for remembering their late father�s life and work, and was presented by the curator of the Tobey Collection, who came up from New York City for the special dedication. The Ridgeway students also presented a portfolio of their own work to the Tobey family at the event.

        From her home in Chicago, Alton�s daughter Judy emailed her appreciation of the school�s honoring her father�s memory:

        �....how wonderful it is to have my dad recognized as having been a person who leaves a lasting impact on so many he crossed paths with, and to know that people appreciate that he was really such a special human being. I think his greatest gift was his ability to treat everyone he met with the same respect...no matter what their ages or abilities.�

        Tobey�s work as an educator can be found in his biography on the artist�s website at www.altontobey.org along with many images of his murals, historical paintings, famous portraits, illustrations and modern works.

        Any teachers or students who worked with Tobey are invited to contact the Tobey family by email to curator@altontobey.org to let them know about them for possible inclusion in the illustrated book on the late artist that will be published in the near future.

Photos of the Dedication

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Over 200 third graders and faculty at the Ridgeway School in White Plains, NY listen attentively as their principal, Mrs. Evette Avila praises their work and reminds them that we all have special gifts to share, and are now keepers of "The Roots of Westchester" and need to learn more about it to share with new students. The 1986 student mural "Past, Present, Future" created by Ridgeway students under Alton Tobey's mentoring is on the auditorium wall in the background.

          

Teacher Bonnie Ackerman and student Jael Andre at the microphone while Juan Rodas and Maggie Noonan (to right) look on. The three Ridgeway students worked with Mrs. Ackerman over the past year to rediscovered five murals at Ridgeway.

Left to right): Ridgeway student Juan Rodas, Ms. Evette Avila, Ridgeway's principal, and students Maggie Noonan and Jael Andre are introduced by teacher Bonnie Ackerman during the exchange of gifts at the ceremony honoring Alton Tobey.

This tryptych, created by elementary school students at the Ridgeway School was presented at the dedication ceremony on June 19th, along with a portfolio of mementos created by the students as a gift to the Tobey family .

This framed 20 x 30-inch lithograph of Alton Tobey's "Roots of Westchester" mural at the Westchester County, NY Court House, published in 1985 when the mural was created by Tobey, was gifted to the Ridgeway School and its students by the Tobey family.

Editors: Hard copy glossies and high resolution digital files of the photos above are available by contacting us.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: J. Dolice, Curator
The Alton Tobey Collection
212-260-9240
curator@altontobey.org

CELEBRATED ARTIST
ALTON S. TOBEY
DIES AT 90

 

            Larchmont, NY; January 5, 2005 -- Internationally renowned artist Alton  S. Tobey, a long time resident of Larchmont, New York; creator of dozens of murals at the Smithsonian Institution and many other public places worldwide, thousands of illustrations for books and other publications; and a founder of the Curvilinear school of Painting, died on Tuesday, January 4th after a long illness.

          Tobey was publicly best known for the murals, which he called "symphonies of painting". They were the first works for which he achieved national acclaim after graduating and teaching art at Yale University. Today, his murals grace the halls of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; The MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA., The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in New York and dozens of other public buildings throughout the world.

           Tobey was a distinguished historian and art educator, and served on numerous non-profit organizations, where he regularly donated his time and talents. He held the office of president in The National Society of Mural Painters, Artist's Equity of New York and The Mamaroneck Artist's Guild, and was the recipient of many art awards including the WPA Murals Award, The Edwin Abbey Mural Award, The Lindner Memorial Award; and others from Grumbacher, The Westchester Society and The Westchester Council for The Arts, to name a few.

           His dedication to research, science and history spawned a career as an illustrator for LIFE magazine, 350 paintings for The Golden Books History of the United States, and for paintings in dozens of other books and periodicals. In a May 1976 feature article in American Artist magazine, Tobey's historical paintings were described as works of "loving accuracy," and Tobey as an artist of "...insatiable curiosity, diligent investigation, well developed powers of visualization, and consummate craftsmanship."

            Although his historical work recreated thousands of figures from the past; Tobey also did many portraits of his contemporaries. His Brothers United, of John F. and Robert Kennedy; and his Apollo II Astronauts were made into prints and were loved and collected by millions worldwide. On portraits, Tobey said: "In creating a portrait of someone - whether painted, sculpted, drawn or photographed, we must look carefully to catch that particular unique [personal] quality. In fact, we can neglect nothing." Many of his other works were reproduced in both limited and open editions by Scafa Tournabene, The Franklin Mint, Royal Doulton and other art print and collectibles publishers.

            As a Modernist painter, he was a founder of the Curvilinear school of painting based upon the theories of Albert Einstein. He had dozens of one-man exhibitions of his Curvilinears, his Fragments paintings, and his dimensional conceptual works in museums and galleries both locally and internationally. Over 400 of his paintings from every period of the six decades of his work, and a detailed illustrated biography of Tobey are on his website, launched just this past November to celebrate his 90th birthday, at www.altontobey.org. Tobey is survived by his son David, who is also a painter, and a musician; by his daughter Judy who lives in Chicago; and by his grandchildren Andrew and Elizabeth. Services were held in Mamaroneck, New York on Friday, January 7th.

           Those who wish to leave messages for the family that are being posted on a special remembrances page on the website may do so by sending them to webmaster@altontobey.org.

           In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the fund established by the Mamaroneck Artist Guild to nurture and encourage young artists: The Alton S. Tobey Scholarship Fund, c/o Mamaroneck Artist Guild; 2120 Boston Post Road; Larchmont, NY 10538. Make check payable to MAG and notate "Tobey Fund" in the memo section.

 

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To read media coverage on the death of Alton S. Tobey on January 4, 2005, click on the links below. These links were active as of January 2006, but now may require search on the media's own web site, or a subscription to the publication.

The Journal News
The New York Times
The New York Sun article by Steve Miller
The Los Angeles Times [requires registration to access]
The White Plains Citizen Net Reporter
The Larchmont Gazette
Artists You Should Know at About.com
Artists in 60 Seconds at About.com
The Hartford Courant / CT Now.com
NAMC [New Age Media Concepts] Worldwide Newsroom
PR Web Newswire
The Westchester County Business Journal
Weblog by Michael Bierut at Designobserver.com
Art Daily
Art/ 4/2DAY



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WORLD RENOWNED ARTIST CELEBRATES 90th BIRTHDAY
WITH LAUNCH OF WEBSITE AT WWW.ALTONTOBEY.ORG

Larchmont, NY; November 6, 2004 -- World renowned artist Alton S. Tobey celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday November 6th with over 150 family members, friends and patrons of the arts at the Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck, New York. The occasion also marked the debut of the artist's website, a two year project (www.altontobey.org), one of the most comprehensive overviews of the life of any living artist on the internet.

The website contains images of more than 300 paintings from the artist's works. It includes his murals for the Smithsonian Institution, the MacArthur Memorial and Roots of Westchester for his home community of Westchester County, New York, and others. More than 100 of his historical paintings for LIFE, the Golden Books series and other publications, a very detailed illustrated biography, information about his art techniques, his work as an educator, and his modern Curvilinear and Fragments are all on the www.altontobey.org pages.

The celebration featured a surprise visit from LeonardoDaVinci bearing gifts, the reading of Westchester County Executive congratulatory letter to Tobey for his outstanding career and contributions to the community, and his son and daughter-in-law performing violin duets to the delight of all the guests. Photos of the gathering can be downloaded from the Tobey Party Page.

Tobey's daughter Judy said her father wished to continue to be a source of nurture and encouragement to young artists pursuing their dreams and talent. In honor of his birthday and to further the development of young artists, contributions can be made to the Alton S. Tobey Young Artists on the Rise Scholarship, sponsored by the Mamaroneck Artist's Guild at 2120 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538; phone (914) 834-1117.

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OUTLINE OF THE ALTON S. TOBEY WEBSITE
www.altontobey.org

For over six decades, Alton S. Tobey has worked unceasingly as an artist, creating paintings and other works of art that literally span the artistic styles of centuries and encompass subject matter from every continent on the globe.

On November 6th, 2004, in celebration of his 90th birthday, family, members of the art community and friends gathered at the Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck, New York to congratulate him and to announce the launch of a website devoted exclusively to his life and work, at www.altontobey.org. The site, which has been under development for over two years, contains more than 500 images of Tobey's paintings and extensive other pictorial matter on over three dozen pages that are divided into three sections on his life and career.

SECTION 1 - TOBEY THE MAN

The first page in this section is entitled Life and Works, and is a comprehensive illustrated biography of the artist with detailed narrative on his life and over 75 photos of him with family, friends and students; and with Tobey working on specific paintings, murals, historical illustrations and other artwork.

Following this, those who want to reference a summary opus vitae of his career can access two Biography text pages that show a list of known places where his works have been exhibited or public institutions where they are on permanent display; and a listing of his dozens of awards, memberships, corporate, private and published commissions and other one-man and group exhibitions.

A personal section on the artist's Social Commentary shows samples of more than a dozen of the many paintings that he created over a lifetime that focus on issues relating to the ills of society and the plight of the oppressed, which was always one of his paramount concerns.

SECTION 2 - MASTER OF REALISM

The first page this section, Murals, is an overview and introduction to his work as a muralist for which Tobey was best internationally known. Over a dozen of these projects, from early ones in his native state of Connecticut to later murals in Washington DC and abroad link to separate pages that include details on the creation of each mural.

Photographs of the artist at work, research notes and more details on each of the paintings are part of each of these sub-sections. A total of over 75 images accompany the text on the Murals pages, and many additions are planned for the future.

The next section, Published Works, is an introductory page to six others that contain more than 125 images of Tobey's paintings created for books, magazines and other publications, including LIFE magazine, The Golden Book History of the United States, Man and Power and others. The complete text and illustrations from a feature article in American Artist magazine on Tobey, and another from Collectibles magazine is included in this section. As the website is further developed, many dozens more of his published works will be added.

Over the course of his career, Tobey is estimated to have produced well over a thousand portraits. Under Portraits, the next part of the Master of Realism section, over 30 portraits of the famous, infamous and obscure are featured, with notes on their creation and critical comments.

SECTION 3 - BEYOND REALISM

This third section on the site concentrates on paintings that Tobey did outside of and beyond his career as a muralist, portraitist or publication illustrator: works that were neither commissioned nor part of any special art projects, but which were generated directly from his inner drive as an artist to communicate his own personal artistic messages.

In Fragments, Tobey takes parts of facial and other human features and renders them photo-realistically on gigantic canvases. Almost 50 of these paintings are created to elicit emotional response in the viewer through his detailed and precise rendering of physical features in Tobey's own unique style.

The artist's extensive travels to research material for his commissioned murals and published works led him to many lands, but he adopted Mexico as one of his favorite places in the world. In the Latin pages, some 20 of his paintings inspired by his trips to Mexico and other Latin American countries are shown; along with narrative on Tobey's many trips south of the border.

Throughout the course of over half a century of realistic painting, Tobey never lost sight of his favorite artistic form of expression, his Curvilinear works. Derived from his own constructed alphabet of characters based on Einstein's theory that no straight lines truly exist in nature, the pages on the Curvilinears start with an overview of the evolution of the forms from two dimensional monochromatic designs through the addition of grayscale and color into the later Curvilinears works that break free from the surface of the canvases into three dimensional relief's and sculptures in three-dimensional space. Future pages in this section will contain many more of these paintings, with some two dozen currently presented as an introduction to this, perhaps his most serious work.

Visitors to the website are encouraged to send email comments about the artist's work, the site, or questions about the availability of his works in all genres for exhibitions to: curator@altontobey.org.


THE ALTON S. TOBEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

As a committed teacher/educator/lecturer for more than 50 years, Tobey expressed the desire that even in his current state of health (and well beyond) that he continue to be a source of nurture and encouragement for young artists to pursue their dreams and talent.

To this end, in honor and acknowledgement of Alton S. Tobey's contribution to the art community in Westchester, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild (M.A.G), an organization that Tobey helped found 50 years ago, has established an annual "Young Artist On The Rise Scholarship Award" in Alton's name.

M.A.G. Gallery Director Wendy Porterfield delightedly explains that "This is an exciting annual event that began last year in honor of Alton that provides a venue for all talented high school art students from Mamaroneck and New Rochelle to have their work publicly exhibited and through a jury, the "Best in Show" each year will be awarded the "Alton S. Tobey Scholarship Award."

If you would like to help this fund live on, please send your tax deductible contributions to:

Mamaroneck Artist Guild
Attention: Alton Tobey Fund
2120 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538
914-834-1117

Please make checks payable to: "M.A.G.", notating "Alton Tobey Fund" in the memo section. Thank you.

Hard copy photos of most of the images on the website are available to editors, museum staff or galleries on request. Please contact the collection's curator at 212-260-9240 or email him at curator@altontobey.org.


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The Alton Tobey Collection
New York: 212.260.9240 -- Chicago: 773.472.2659
Judith Tobey, David Tobey; Directors -- Joe L. Dolice, Curator -- Josh Smithson, Projects Manager

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