Opening on Friday, December 9th in the Community Gallery at Kendal at Oberlin, is an exhibit of the works of artist Bernadette Levine, who uses “Malke” as her professional name. The show includes pastel and Japanese ink drawings, titled “Birds of all Feathers”.
Creativity has always been at the core of Malke’s life, as a poet and artist. Writing, drawing and painting have been her mainstays. Through the years she has experimented and worked in various mediums. Her creative puppets were displayed in art museums in Switzerland and Germany. In Brazil she built oversized puppets as a stage set for Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater. This led Malke to collages using paper, feathers, fabric, gauze and lace.
An International Audience
Malke has lived and worked as a teacher in nine different countries on 4 continents. She moved to the United States twenty-six years ago, and has had solo exhibits throughout this country and Canada. Her work has also been widely shown in Europe; in two international art shows in China; and in 2015, a solo exhibit of portraits in Tunis, Tunisia. This past July, five of her pieces were included in the two week international Salon-European in Paris, set in Galerie du Vert Galant on the famous Ile de la Cite, next to Notre Dame.
Malke was twice the official recipient of the award given by the French artistic movement ‘Art et Fraternité’ in France (2007, 2008). She won a Poetry Prize from the French Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She has also designed the cover of three books, one in Britain, one in Tunisia, and one in her native Algeria.
She is a member of Singul’Art, Figuration Critique, “Les 16 Anges”, ArtSlant, and Painters for Human Rights.
The show runs through Thursday, February 2, 2017. An artist reception will be held on Friday, December 16th at 3:30 PM.
The Community Gallery is located at Kendal at Oberlin ~ 600 Kendal Drive ~ Oberlin, Ohio. The Kendal galleries are open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.