The North Shore Historical Museum recently held a preview reception of the current exhibit, George Gach and the North Shore, paintings and sculptures by the late George Gach and his daughter Susie Gach Peelle. Although some of the paintings and sculptures are part of the permanent collection of the museum, donated by Peelle, many are on display for the first time.
Guests sipped wine and enjoyed a variety of nibbles while perusing the artwork. The attendees included Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello and City Councilwoman Pam Panzenbeck.
Gach was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1909, the son of artist Stephen Gach. He attended the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest. Academically trained, he became prolific in numerous mediums, themes and styles on an international scale: Europe, the Middle East (1947-52) and the USA (1952-1996).
He was a pilot with the Hungarian Air Force during World War ll and was a prisoner in Russia. He returned to Budapest after the war, but in 1947 he fled to Beirut, Lebanon, and worked as a pilot and an artist, traveling all over the world, until 1952 when he relocated to the United States as a painter, sculptor and teacher of art living on the North Shore in Roslyn, for 44 years.
This new exhibition of sculpture and paintings of the late award-winning artist at the North Shore Historical Museum is a photographic display, giving a biographic synopsis of his life and work on three continents, as artist, aviator and survivor of two Russian POW camps, as well as a seven-minute video of the artist in action in 1989 makes this an exhibit that should not be missed.
Some of his work can be viewed at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Cold Spring Harbor Library, Hofstra and Adelphi universities, Holocaust Museum in Manhasset, St. Mary’s Church in Roslyn, Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City and African American Museum in Hempstead. More than 80 public national institutions, including Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Rusk Institute, Eisenhower Medical Center, own his artwork.
This exhibit will be at NSHM at 140 Glen St., Glen Cove, until Feb. 20, 2016. For more info, call 516-801-1191 or visit www.northshorehistoricalmuseum.org and www.georgegach.com. NSHM is open Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.