SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Alla Annopolsky , a painter based in Scarsdale, started her "Art Marathon" series in 2002 after her son was born. Now that he's 15, she suddenly recalled the 182 paintings she had done long ago.
Feeling an intense need to share them, she created a website, allaannopolsky.com, detailing the joys and sorrows, love and fears, chaos and colors that flowed through her in the first years of motherhood.
Her show, "A Mother’s Art Marathon," showcases 12 paintings completed over the span of a year. It is running now through May 25 at Masterpiece Framing at 243 Halstead Ave. in Harrison.
“Going back to work full-time while still devoting myself to my son, I felt splintered,” recalled Annopolsky. “Each day I collected fragments of thoughts and feelings. Each night I poured them onto canvas. With every painting I felt more whole, with renewed ability to experience love for my family and fulfillment in my work."
Annopolsky, who works full time in IT at a Fortune 500 company, admits that before she had her son, she was never interested in the “mothering” theme. The artist, who has been painting all her life -- she was influenced by her late mother, the Russian artist Berta Kuznetsova -- started thinking about her Art Marathon collection about a year ago.
"I always felt that I wanted to share it with the world, but became actionable about a year ago when she started thinking about how I'd go about it," she said. "Since I had my son, I see the world completely different: I see everything through his eyes."
On Friday, May 6, she'll be sharing her experience of being a working mother going through a challenging period and finding solace in creating art at the Mom Museum Conference at Manhattan College in the Bronx. She'll also be showcasing some of her pictures and diary entries. Go HERE for information.
Annopolsky is dedicating her speaking engagement to her late mother, who was not only her mother, but also a sister, friend and colleague.