Friday, December 12, 2008

Remembering Audrey Chibbaro

Audrey Chibbaro discussing her installation during
the Windows on Main St. walking tour in 2007.

Sadly, news arrived today of the death of Audrey Chibbaro from bone cancer. Audrey was very involved in the activities in the Beacon Arts Salon, taking an active role in realizing the groups events.
My interactions with Audrey focused around our work. I didn't know much about her personal life. To me, she was an ever positive, compassionate and nurturing individual and one who was deeply interested in engaging creatively with all kinds of folk. She participated in a handful of our group critiques that floated between studios.
In 2007, Audrey participated in
WOMS, taking over one of the large windows at the Beacon Natural Market, turning it a Potato Eaters carnival complete with her ceramic puppet figurines and many pounds of potatoes which she donated to a food bank after the exhibit.

Aug-Sept. 2007 The Potato Eaters installed at the Beacon Natural Market.

Stacey Ward Kelley of the Beacon Art Salon forwarded this short bio and statement of Audrey that was included in the group's book Beacon Soul.
Audrey Chibbaro studied art in Florence Italy and received an associate’s degree
from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She received her BFA in
studio art from Brooklyn College and has taught art in NYC public schools.
Chibbaro’s media includes porcelain, stoneware, beeswax, antique linen, fur and
wire. Currently Chibbaro has simplified her work to highlight the form, texture,
color and material without the distraction of the figurative element. This new
work is abstract-biomorphic and conjures memories through the texture of the
materials. Chibbaro has shown her work at The Shore Institute of Contemporary
Art, The Boylan Gallery, The Manhattan Graphics Center and is looking forward to
her upcoming solo show at The Garrison Art Center.
The Garrison Art Center exhibit mentioned took place in October and November, and featured Audrey's ceramic works.
Memtex. courtesy

Audrey's Artist's Statement:
Beacon invites me to look the ground in the eye. The fascination is with the matter that grows from the earth and has fallen from the trees. When it rains and snows the colors change and add a new depth. The Hudson Valley Mountains give texture from a distance and when among them we breathe the scent of everything regenerated.

Two of Audrey's prints are included in Open Space's Limited Run 2 print and zine exhibit that will be opening tomorrow night. Below are images of the prints which will be available for purchase. Thanks to Dan and Kalene for forwarding these images.

I'll be sure to post any information that arises regarding services or memorials. For those of you who knew Audrey and would like to share your thoughts, feel free to add your comments.


Anonymous said...

Audrey Chibbaro was an amazingly prolific artist with an equally prodigious sense of optimism and humor.
Her work--which ran the gamut of painting, drawing, printing, ceramics, sculpture, figurative, conceptual-- provoked an awakening of forces both light and dark. I have never met an artist more tuned-in to her process and keenly aware of the infinite possibilities for creating. A visit to her house is to step into a realm where art lives and breathes and pulses with a life force all its own.
Audrey's life and work is an inspiration to all who were blessed to be a part of her circle. Her passing is a great loss to so many here in Beacon and beyond.
There will be a service for Audrey at the
Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave Beacon (845-831-0179) next Friday 12/19 from 7-9pm. There will also be a celebration of Audrey's life in the Spring.

Anonymous said...

for more than 2 years, my young daughters and I drove 45 minutes, over the bridge, to spend about an hour and a half, one day a week with Audrey. She had dinner at our home last Summer. She was supposed to come back to eat with us, while watching the leaves fall in October.
We loved and treasured our time together. It was a kids pottery class - that lasted one hour. The final half hour was disposed to Audrey scurrying around the back of the room in search of 'treasures' for my little ones: beads and buttons and strings and trinkets galore! Such fun as they looked forward to making necklaces with their scores.
We have such wonderful memories to hold on to - and when the pain is not so raw, we'll laugh out loud.
We love you Audrey. We miss you.