A selection of Violet Baxter’s work from Union Square, NYC and Long Island City will be exhibited from February 19th to March 11th at The Jeffrey Leder Gallery.
From 1982 to 2002 at her studio facing New York City’s Union Square, Baxter drew her subject from the Greenmarket, the traffic, the crowds, and produced a large body of work. Now, looking out from her studio in Long Island City, Baxter continues to work from what she sees. The highways that lead to the Queensboro Bridge, The Silvercup Building with its distinctive sign, Mason Tenders Training School, the traffic and the everchanging light of a wide sky provide venues to explore her interests with light and color.
Now, as it was at Union Square, Baxter creates variations on a sense of place theme. Her paintings evolve slowly, puzzles, sometimes needing months or even years to resolve. Looking at the day and into the night, fact and memory combining, this solitary viewer depicts an intimate vision of what her world feels like.
Baxter graduated from The Cooper Union Art School in 1960 with an award for “Highest Achievement in Art”, followed by further studies at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. Solo exhibitions include Southeast Missouri State University Museum; The National Arts Club, NYC (honorary member); New York Vista at World Trade Center, and Suffolk County Community College, NY. Her work was represented in the 185th Annual at the National Academy Museum, NYC; The Painting Center, NYC; Marymount College/Fordham University, Tarrytown, NY; Mercer County Community College, NJ; Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; Maryland Federation of Art; The Museum of the City of New York, and others.
Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections such as Consolidated Edison Co. of New York; Oppenheimer Capital Corp; Morgan Stanley Trust; Fidelity Investments; Museum of the City of New York; Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; and The Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University. Baxter received the Gold and two Bronze awards from Audubon Artists among others and a grant from The Richard Florsheim Art fund.