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Amory woman's paintings on display

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

AMORY - There are a lot of moods that can be felt on the second floor of the Amory Museum.

At least that's what artist Lillian Greenwald hopes when people view her work, which can be found hanging in the hallways and in one room of the museum.

Greenwald, who has lived in Amory since November, has been painting since she was 9. The 82-year-old native of Cleveland, Ohio, came to Amory with her son, Dr. Alan Greenwald, when he moved from Birmingham.

Word about her paintings got around after she moved to town, and Amory Museum director Gene Pierce asked Greenwald if she would show her work.

The former executive secretary for the Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Children's Center in Cleveland said she still had some of her work in boxes, but was able to pull together 50 paintings. She still has some in boxes that have not been framed.

Greenwald, who never received any formal training in painting, said when she began painting as a young child, she received a lot of support from her family, including two relatives, Zulton Hecht and Rudolph Hecht, who were artists in New York.

"They encouraged me. I could have probably gone to live with them, but they lived so different from me," she said.

Looking around the room at her work, Greenwald said painting has helped her through the difficult times of her life. In one corner of the room there are several pictures with the same title -"Memories."

Pale, subdued colors were used to paint leafless trees and tranquil streams. Greenwald painted each of these paintings after the death of a family member. To her, the pictures were a way to keep memories of her family alive.

"It is my way to say that they are gone but remembered," she said.

Oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolors, pen and ink, tempera and indigo ink and scratchboards are media that can be found in the exhibit. Greenwald said even though she likes watercolor the best, she has experimented in other areas.

One of her favorite pieces in the exhibit is called "My Mother's Vase." This small painting features pale pink roses in a decorative vase.

"I did this when I was quite young," she said. "I love this piece for the memory."

Working with tempera and ink is another favorite medium of Greenwald's. She has several of these paintings on exhibit, including several she did for her son.

There are portraits of friends and companions, including her dog, Goldie, who died at 15. Various paintings of flowers also are part of the exhibit. Greenwald said these paintings were a part of her "flower phase."

Also part of the exhibit are two scratchboard paintings. These paintings use a piece of paper coated in black ink as the canvas. The image is made when the artist uses a sharp object, such as a needle, to carefully etch the image.

In the past, Greenwald said, she has sold some of her pieces, but she mainly does them for herself. She has given some away to family members and friends for special occasions.

Painting, she said, is a way for her to express her feelings, and through the exhibit Greenwald hopes others can feel those same feelings.

"There are a lot of moods in this room and people can find the things that appeal to them," she said.

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