Marilyn Bendell-American Impressionist
September 19, 1921-May 18, 2003
Outstanding American Impressionist Marilyn Bendell spent Sunday, May 18th in her studio on a bluff overlooking the high desert and mountains of Santa Fe, Happily applying the penultimate touches to her latest work. Pleased with the completed painting, she settled into her favorite chair, surrounded by natural and created beauty, her dogs at her feet and in the soft quiet of the New Mexican afternoon, closed her eyes in peaceful slumber one last time.
The vibrancy, warmth and fluidity of Ms. Bendell's extensive body of art was drawn from the luminous palette of her colorful life. She achieved international renown and repute amongst collectors and admirers and was elected a Fellow othe Royal Society in 1965. More accolades followed; listing in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women. She was a moving force in the development of the artistic community of Long Boat Key FL; where she found additional expression as gifted mentor and teacher for generations of developing artists.
After moving to Santa Fe, she continued to teach and generously share the lessons and insights of a lifetime until 1993 when she devoted herself to painting. She continued to cultivate young artists; giving private lessons as the spirit moved her. After the death of her husband, the painter George Burrows, Marilyn found new inspiration and pleasure collaborating with and encouraging her son, David Hyams, and accomplished artist in his own right.
In appreciation of her contributions of work and self to family, friends, admirers and and the community, the family and Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM will host a Marilyn Bendell Retrospective on the occasion of the artist's birthday, Sept. 19th, continuing through Oct. 2nd, 2003. A reception is planned during which Ms. Bendell's final work will be shown publicly for the first time.