Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y proudly presents The Irma Kramer Memorial Art Exhibit, “Permeated by Paint: Art Works on Silk,” where paintings and scarves designed and produced by Irma Kramer will be on view from September 4 to October 4. The public is invited to an opening reception on September 8, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
A long-time Bronx resident and member of the Riverdale Art Association, Irma Kramer exhibited in group shows and in her own solo show at Gallery 18. Endowed with a love of creating art that began in early childhood and continued throughout her lifetime, Kramer created works of sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, crafts and other artistic media. She enjoyed teaching art to people of all ages, including at the Riverdale Y, the United Federation of Teachers and in summer programs. As the director of the Senior Citizen Program at the Bronx YM-YWHA for 25 years, Kramer was known as an innovator. She created travel programs and socializing lunch programs that were ahead of their time and often duplicated. She introduced, developed and supervised new art programs, such as cooperative mural painting, and classes in different media.
Later in her career, Kramer was captivated by learning how to paint on silk. This art form became the focus of her artwork for the 25 years of her retirement. She was especially challenged by the way colors moved so quickly through delicate fabrics. Kramer’s finished works included paintings on silk, scarves, clothing, pillows and wall hangings. Her works also demonstrate her agility in using more traditional art forms, on a variety of subject matter, especially in her paintings of women and Jewish-themed compositions. The colorful vibrancy of her paintings demonstrated the importance of Judaism in her life as seen by the joy, togetherness, love and soul that permeated her paintings. On the setting sun, she would remark, “God really knows how to paint a masterpiece!”
By Yvette Finkelstein