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Celebrate Margaret Singer’s Latest


11 Aug 2015 11:04 AM | Ali Van Houten (Administrator)

“With the coming of the Nazis, a sense of malaise pervaded our lives. Children threw stones at us, calling us names. Jewish people began to disappear,” recalls Holocaust survivor Margaret Singer of her childhood in Frankfurt, Germany.

What had once been a pleasant life for young Singer and her Jewish family quickly became a nightmare, and even after fleeing to the U.S. with her siblings she was haunted by what she had seen. In the States, she turned to painting as a way of coping with her trauma. “All the years I’ve been painting, I paint the same subjects… the people walking, marching and faces that haunt me.”


Singer attended City College and eventually earned her BA in Art at UCSB, as well as her MA in Educational Psychology. Now 94 years old, Singer has been painting for nearly that long, although she tends toward happier subjects now. Her newest exhibition “Celebration” is an homage to making it through 94 years in what she believes is ultimately a good universe.

Singer has taught figure and landscape at SBCC’s adult education program for more than 20 years. Her own work has been shown all over Santa Barbara, at SBMA, Gallery 113, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa BarbaraAbstract Art Collective and SBAA, among many other places.

You can celebrate her new exhibit on Wednesday, August 12 in the Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara. Twenty-five percent of the art sales will be donated to Hospice, a volunteer hospice organization that also plays host to some excellent local art shows. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception from 5:30-7pm.


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