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Esther Wertheimer

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Sculptor Esther Wertheimer
Esther Wertheimer

About Esther Wertheimer

Born in Poland, Esther Wertheimer has lived most of her life in Montreal, although her quest for artistic excellence has inspired her to study and work in many corners of the world. Like her sculptures, Esther Wertheimer is constantly in motion. She maintains studios in Florida and Montreal, as well as returning to Italy for several months each year to work in the artists` colony of Pietrasanta. She also travels extensively to many other cities where her works are exhibited. She is well respected in Japan and is now confirming her plan to go to China where she already has made inroads.

Exhibition History of Esther Wertheimer

Esther Werstheimers Exhibitions,
2011 - Art Expo NYC, New York, NY (March 2011)
2010 - Nina Torres Fine Art - Art Basel, Miami, FL (December 1st - 20th)
2010 - Galerie Lamoureux `Riopelle and Wertheimer Exhibition`, Montreal, QC
2010 - Gateway Center for the Arts Exhibition, Debary, FL (September 12th - October 9th)
2010 - Audubon Artists Inc. 68th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY
2010 - Upstream People Gallery `12th Summer Annual All Media Juried Online Juried Art Exhibition`
2010 - Multiple Sins Exhibition, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, FL
2010 - Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Solo Exhibition, Melbourne, FL
2010 - Arts West Artist Association Group Show, Seattle, WA
2010 - Gallery at Avalon Island Exhibition, Orlando, FL
2010 - Down East Sculpture Exhibition, Greenville, NC
2010 - Chowan University National Juried Exhibition, Murfreesboro, NC
2010 - Women`s Works Exhibition, Woodstock, IL
2010 - Invictus chosen as Finalist for the PICTURE centerpiece sculpture design at California State University
2010 - Upstream People Gallery `12th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition`
2009 - Good Angel/Bad Angel Exhibit at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2009 - Gallery at the Avalon Island Exhibition, Orlando, FL
2009 - Won Gold Medal and Certificate at the Florence Biennale. Arte Studio S.r.l. Viale Belfiore, 54, 50144 - Firenze, Italy.
2009 - Invictus won the `Nathaniel Kaz Award` in the 67th Annual Audubon Exhibition
2009 - City of Boynton Beach, Florida Art in Public Places Exhibition - Adam and Eve
2009 - Madre Gambe Incrociate won `Best in Show` in 100% Pure Florida Exhibition
2009 - Galerie Klimantiris Solo Exhibition
2008 - Sculpture Exhibit in Shanghai, China at the `Art Fair`
2007 - World Art Expo in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Sculpture Space Museum representing Canada
2007 - Lamoureux Ritzenhoff Gallery, Montréal, Québec
2007 - Boca Pointe Country Club Two Day Exhibition
2007 - Washington DC Public Arts Council `Celebration, 4 Figs, 60` commission
2006 - Boca Pointe Country Club Two Day Exhibition
2005 - Public Arts Program Commission of the City of Palm Desert, California Caftan
2004 - City of Livermore Library, Livermore, California Airborn in a competition
2000 - Loto Quebec`s Casino in Montreal, Canada, Merle with Ribbon II
1999 - Expressions 4 chosen best sculpture in the Mtn. Lake PBS show
1997 - The B`nai B`rith International Arts Award
1996 - Hall of Frames Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1996 - Naples Art Gallery, Naples, FL
1996 - Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL
1995 - Art America`s New Trends, Miami Beach, FL
1995 - Loe-Van Gallery, Singapore
1995 - Beckett Gallery, BC
1995 - Tresor d`Arte, Hong Kong, China
1995 - Tresor `95, Singapore
1994 - Government of Canada Grant for an exhibition in Singapore.
1993 - The Gallery of the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
1993 - Notices the Gallery, Singapore
1993 - Art Expo NY, New York, NY
1993 - Adams Gallery, New York, NY
1993 - Kravis Center, Palm Beach, FL
1992 - Yoshida Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1992 - Louve Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992 - Prova Gallery, 4 Seasons Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
1992 - Colbert Gallery, Montreal, QC
1991 - West End Gallery, Montreal, QC
1991 - Mihalis Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1991 - Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1990 - Art Expo NY, New York, NY
1990 - Art Expo LA, Los Angeles, CA

Biography / CV of Esther Wertheimer

Esther Wertheimer`s work has been exhibited and commissioned internationally. She has been particularly recognized throughout Japan. Her bronze sculpture, thirteen-foot Primavera, was installed in front of the new Fukuoka City Hall in Fukuoka, Japan. From her invitational exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Japan, two of her bronzes were selected for the Katsushika Performing Art Centre in Tokyo.

Paulo and Francesca, dedicated to the Dallas Ballet Company, are at the Wells Fargo Bldg., in Dallas Texas. Her nine-foot sculpture of Seven Dancers is now at the Northwest Florida State College, which won their competition.

Her twenty-three foot Water Babies is located at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton, and Born Free was installed at the Civic Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In the second half of 2004, Airborn was installed at the Civic Center Library in Livermore, CA and Caftan won a competition from the Public Art Program Commission of the City of Palm Desert, CA and was installed in early 2005.

Her seven-foot sculpture Celebration was installed at the Eastgate Senior Residence Public Art Project in Washington D.C. in 2007. In December 2008, the 72` sculpture Airborn is to be installed outside the new Civic Center in Port St. Lucie.

Having learned the technical mastery of casting, her work began to shift away from its earlier foundations in portraiture and realism, towards more poetic gestures and expressive forms. She continues her love of the figure, using graceful elongations to capture the rhythmic beauty of the human spirit.

Her work is at one sensitively delicate and vigorously intense. Life and energy flow from extended limbs and cascading draperies. There is a deep-rooted joy forming the essence of each work - the joy of living. The artist`s passion for dance, family, and love are imbued through her sculptures.

With balance and strength, Wertheimer`s creations show great sensitivity to line and space. Dancers are captured in dynamic weightlessness, their forms generating a language of visual poetry. Mothers hold their children in the air with confidence and delight. Her work forges a connection between bodies and souls, blurring the line between our physical and spiritual beings.

Born in Poland, Wertheimer grew up in Montreal, and in her 30`s began studying at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She then went on to study in Italy having won many scholarships and grants; 1) Borsa di Studio from the Italian Government, 2) Canada Council Travel Grant, 3) Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Grant, 4) Bourse de l`enseignement superieure, Quebec Government and she later studied portraiture under sculptor Mario Moschi in Florence Italy. Currently she works out of her studio in Boca Raton, Florida and Montreal, Canada.

Artist Statement of Esther Wertheimer

Esther Westheimer`s work is at one sensitively delicate and vigorously intense. Life and energy flow from extended limbs and cascading draperies. There is a deep-rooted joy forming the essence of each work - the joy of living. The artist`s passion for dance, family, and love are imbued through her sculptures.

Awards and Prizes of Esther Wertheimer

Esther Werstheimer`s Prizes
1994 - Government of Canada scholarship in Singapore
1994 - Culturel Hikifune Center, Tokyo, Japan; `Ascendance` is the winner art work during the competition
1994 - Japan`s official representatives chose `Primavera`, amongst 120 artworks to recreate it at a larger scale for the Fukuoka city hall
1989 - Hakone Outdoors Museum in Japan chose `Caftan`, winner artwork of the Rodin Exhibition`s 3rd Grand Prize, amongst 442 artworks of 31 countries
1988 - Government of Canada`s subsidy, `Program for Export and Market Development` (P.E.M.D.) to participate in an artistic exposition in New York
1988 - Honoured for her contribution to education and the arts during the American Women`s ART 60th Anniversary
1985 - `A Decade of Realization amongst Women`: honoured by Flora McDonald, Immigration and Employment Ministry
1977 - Premio Cronaca Fotogramma d`Oro, Rome, Italy
1977 - EUR PREMIO, Rome, Italy
1977 - Tourism INT Gold Medal, Rome, Italy
1974 - Superior teaching scholarship, Government of Quebec
1969 - Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial subsidy.
1967 - Canadian council`s traveling scholarship
1967-1968 - Italian government`s scholarship
1958-1963 - Scholarship from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Reviews of work by Esther Wertheimer

Press Releases
+ New and Current Press Release, July 2010 (New)
+ Energy and Ecstasy Press Release by Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, June 2010
+ Press Release, March 2010
+ Examiner.com Miami, March 2010
+ Wertheimer Brochure (print out)
+ Press Release, January 2010
+ Press Release, September 2009
+ Press Release, February 2009
+ Press Release, Sally Ling, February 2009
+ News Release, December 2008
+ Press Release, December 2008
+ Press Release, Sally Ling, April 2007

+ The Energy and The Ecstasy Page 1
+ The Energy and The Ecstasy Page 2
+ The Energy and The Ecstasy Page 3
+ The Energy and The Ecstasy Page 4

+ The Boca Raton Observer: In Fine Form, March 2008

+ District Art Beat Washington D.C., December 2007

+ Boca Raton News, Esther Wertheimer has annual show at Boca Pointe, January 2006

+ Out of the Bronze Age, November 2005

+ The Suburban, Globetrotting Sculptor comes home, October 2004

+ The Montreal Gazette, She`s no starving artist, October 2004

+ Boca Life, March 2003

+ Weekend, Figures in Motion, March 29 - April 4, 2002

+ The Palm Beach Post, Port St. Lucie gets its first public art, August 1998

+ Sprint Seven Dancers Cover, May 1998-1999

+ Palm Beach Illustrated, October 1996

Public Works of Esther Wertheimer

The City of Port St. Lucie, Florida has acquired Wertheimer`s 72-inch (1.8 meters) sculpture, Airborn, for the newly completed 100, 000 sq/ft multipurpose facility `Port St. Lucie Civic Center`. The sculpture was installed in December of 2008.

My three chinese agents visited me in Boca Raton, Florida and bought 13 sculptures including two large sculptures for their exhibition in Singapore and six for Shanghai.

A four-figure, nine-foot (2.7 meters) bronze sculpture titled, Celebration, won a prestigious competition sponsored by the Commission of the Arts and Humanities for the Washington DC East Gate Condominium. The sculpture was installed in 2008.

Caftan, a 50-inch (1.5 meters) bronze sculpture won a competition from the Public Art Program Commission of the City of Palm Desert, California.

Airborn, a 72-inch (1.8 meters) bronze sculpture won a competition and is installed at the newly built Civic Center Library in Livermore, California.

Airborn, a 72-inch (1.8 meters) bronze sculpture was acquired by Stephen Gross of Buffalo, New York for his private collection.

Gordon Gamm of Boulder, Colorado acquired Paolo and Francesca, 63 inches (1.6 meters) as a centerpiece for a waterfall at his home. A second sculpture, Sea Nymphs, 60 inches (1.5 meters) has also been installed. A third sculpture, Folklorique, 72 inches (1.8 meters) has recently been acquired.

Two sculptures titled, Reaching, 72 inches (1.8 meters) and Melee/Football, 60 inches (1.5 meters) are installed at Douglas Hospital in Verdun, Canada.

Dancer with Ribbon II, 72 inches (1.8 meters) was installed at Loto Quebec`s Casino in Montreal, Canada.

Leonard and Audrey Goodfriend of Boca Raton, Florida acquired Paolo and Francesca, 63 inches (1.6 meters) for their private collection.

Caftan with Ribbon, 78 inches (2 meters) was installed at the Itami City Cultural Hall in Hyogo prefecture, Japan.

Marvin Friedman of Delray Beach, Florida acquired Paolo and Francesca, 63 inches (1.6 meters) for his private collection.

The City of Port St. Lucie, Florida has acquired Wertheimer`s 72-inch (1.8 meters) sculpture, Born Free, for their newly built Community Center.

Two sculptures titled, Folk Dancers and Melee/Football, were the first sculptures to be inaugurated into the "Rose Miller Sculpture Garden" at Maimonides Hospital in Montreal, Canada.

Seven Dancers, 9 feet (2.7 meters) is installed at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida.

Grace, 50 inches (1.3 meters) and Paolo and Francesca, 63 inches (1.6 meters) are installed at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

Paolo and Francesca, 40 inches (1 meter) installed at Okayama Municipal Center in Okayama, Japan.

Three Children at Play with Hoops, 90 inches (2.3 meters) installed in front of a Health Care Center in Kyoto, Japan.

Water Babies, a 23-foot (7.1 meters) sculpture is located at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton, Florida.

Ascendence, 70-inch (1.8 meters) bronze sculpture - won competition for the Hikifune Cultural Center, located in Sumida-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Three Children at Play with Hoops, 60 inches (1.5 meters) installed in Fukushima, Japan at the 21st Century Forest Park.

Airborn and Madre in Alto were acquired by Yumeji Museum in Okayama, Japan.

First Step, Madre in Circolo, and Madre in Alto - a commission for "ESTE" Condominium`s outdoor park in Mutsuura, Kanagawa-ken.

Grace and Merle, two 51-inch (1.3 meters) bronze sculptures for the Katsushika Performing Art Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Born Free, a 72-inch (1.8 meters) bronze sculpture installed in the newly built athletic centre in the City of Hamura, Tokyo.

Primavera, a 13-foot (4 meters) bronze sculpture installed in front of the new Fukuoka City Hall in Fukuoka, Japan.

Caftan, a 50-inch (1.3 meters) bronze sculpture installed in the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa-ken, Japan.

The Family, a 10-foot (3.1 meters) steel sculpture for the Sun Bank in Palm Springs, California.

Paolo and Francesca, a 10-foot (3.1 meters) fiberglass sculpture installed in the Atrium of Alcan Aluminum Limited, Montreal, Canada.

Paolo and Francesca, a 10-foot (3.1 meters) sculpture at the Glouster City Hall for the Carling Park of Commerce in East Ottawa.

The original casting of Paolo and Francesca, a 10-foot (3.1 meters) sculpture, was dedicated to the Dallas Ballet Company in Dallas, Texas.

The Family, a 10-foot (3.1 meters) steel sculpture installed in front of the Joliette Museum in Joliette, Quebec.

A 30-foot (9.2 meters) stainless steel sculpture, Adam and Eve, for Carling Executive Park, Ottawa.

An eight-foot (2.5 meters) sculpture, Three Children at Play, was selected by the Quebec Cultural Affairs Department "Integration of Arts and Architecture" program to grace the new Cote St-Luc City Hall and Library in Montreal.

Three Dancers, bronze, for the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

Qualifications / Education of Esther Wertheimer

1958-63 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec.
1966 International Academy, Austria.
1967-68 Academia di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy.
1973 Bachelor of Arts, Loyola of Montreal, Quebec.
1974-75 Master in Arts, Goddard College.

Teaching Experience

1970-1974 Organization of the fine arts faculty of the Montreal Loyola College and teaching at the school

Price Range of Work

Esther Wertheimer's work has a price range from £3,200 to £153,649

Mediums utilised

Esther Wertheimer's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Esther Wertheimer's work is found in the following categories on site:
Human Figurative Sculptures (17)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (16)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (8)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (6)
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (5)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (4)
Parent - Child Sculpture (3)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (3)
Couples or Group Sculptures (3)
Sculptures of Sport in General (3)
Mother and Child, the Madonna, mother and children Sculptures (2)
Stylized People Sculptures
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Family Groups Sculptures
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Esther Wertheimer's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2012 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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