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The Havre de Grace Arts Collective proudly presents
Two Joint Exhibits & Presentations during October & November 2018 on
Trail Blazing Women of Architectonics in Maryland
The Havre de Grace Arts Collective will affection two exhibits during Architectonics Month in October and continuing through November 2018:
The Early Women of Architectonics in Maryland display delves into the history of 12 women who contributed their architectonics aptitude to body the ambiance in Maryland at the time back few women were in the profession. Many of the women accomplished through the angular years of the Depression and World War II, designing barrio in Maryland and beyond the country, confined as a adventure of backbone and determination.
One of the aboriginal women appearance in the travelling display is Poldi Hirsch, AIA, a citizen of Havre de Grace and the aboriginal woman accumulated close buyer of the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter (AIABaltimore). A appropriate display of her artwork and architectural assets will highlight her beat bequest and beyond of aptitude – Poldi Hirsch, AIA – The Artistic Vision of an Early Avant-garde Artist – to be showcased at Concord Point Coffee.
In accord with these exhibits, there will be two appropriate presentations chargeless to the accessible on Thursday, October 11th & Saturday, November 3rd, 2018.
The travelling display was sponsored by the Baltimore Architectonics Foundation with a amateur admission from Maryland Humanities and developed by the associates of the Women in Architectonics (now EQUITY) Committee of the AIABaltimore with analysis abetment from architectonics acceptance a Morgan Accompaniment University. It has been showcased in assorted jurisdictions beyond Maryland, in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, and this is the aboriginal time travelling to the northeast arena of our state.
The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is a 501(c)3 alignment created to abode the cultural and bread-and-er needs of Havre de Grace and the surrounding region, including blank of the Cultural Center at the Opera House, Arts & Entertainment District, and the Arts by the Bay Gallery. It has formed in accord with the Baltimore Architectonics Foundation to accompany these appropriate contest to the town. In accession to the Havre de Grace Arts Collective and Concord Point Coffee, sponsors of the display accession and receptions include: Safe Harbor Retirement Planners, Midway Discount Liquors, Mr. Andy & Mrs. Jayne Klein, Mr. Gary Getz, AIA & Dr. Elaine Hirsch, Mr. Stanley Bliden & Dr. Edna Hirsch, and Drs. Barry Wohl & Dahlia Hirsch.
The accessible can appearance the exhibits amid October 1 – November 30, 2018. Hours of the Concord Point Coffee are Monday-Friday 8AM-7PM; Saturday 7PM-7PM; and Sunday 7PM-5PM. Hours of the Cultural Center at the Opera Abode are Monday-Friday 9:30AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM or during appropriate events. Contact the Opera Abode (443)502-2005 for weekend and appropriate hours. For added information, details, and updates amuse appointment www.HdgArtsCollective.org and www.aiawam.com or email [email protected]
EXHIBIT RECEPTIONS & PRESENTATIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Poldi Rothenberg Hirsh, AIA, was built-in in 1926 in Remscheid, Germany and advised architectonics in Switzerland. She immigrated to the US with her babe and her bedmate in 1953. Only by adventitious did they achieve in Havre de Grace back touring Maryland for a abode to alpha her husband’s medical practice. Havre de Grace angry out to be a abundant association for adopting a family, but added difficult area to authorize an architectonics practice, abnormally one that followed the credo of modernism. Poldi’s architectural training was heavily afflicted by Le Corbusier with a able charge to chain anatomy and function. Her amount acceptance was that barrio should be “built and able-bodied organized” and that their architectonics should be aboriginal and not actor accomplished styles.
Her aboriginal activity was to architectonics the appointment architecture of her husband’s medical practice. Added than the casual abode for a fiend or ancestors member, it was difficult to acquisition added architectural work, so she undertook to financing, design, and architecture of abundant projects as an architect/builder. She developed townhouse duplexes with 2 or 3 bedchamber units about 1,500 aboveboard anxiety each, advised for construct-ability and at congenital at basal costs to serve amateur families. Seventeen such barrio are broadcast about Havre de Grace. Poldi took affliction to see that they were congenital able-bodied with appropriate elements, such as porches and copse ceilings. She would advance them one afterwards addition so that she could accumulate the accomplished laborers always active beneath her care.By the mid-’60s, Poldi had opportunities to architectonics abundant beyond accommodation complexes and appointment buildings. But acceptable her greatest works of art was her ancestors residence, completed in 1970. The architectonics included and appointment for her architectural convenance as able-bodied as and assay allowance and appointment for her husband’s work. Meticulous admitting was put in the design, from the all-embracing form, to the materials, furniture, and landscape.Poldi had a close affirmation for active activity and admiring design. From fashion, to art, to music, she brought adorableness to aggregate she touched. In 1987, she anesthetized abroad at the age of 61, afterwards a abounding career as an architect, planner, and architect/builder of a advanced array of architecture types, including homes for boilerplate citizens, multi-family accommodation buildings, appointment buildings, custom residences, medical facilities, and borough planning studies. In Harford County, over 25 avant-garde structures still angle as a attestation to her able perseverance.The October 11th presentations will be accustomed by Jillian Storms, AIA, who accustomed BAF’s Roger Redden Award and Preservation Maryland’s George T. Harrison Volunteer Award in acceptance of her all-encompassing assignment in acclimation the analysis accomplishment and curating the “Early Women of Architectonics in Maryland” travelling exhibit. She has a Master of Architectonics from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Urban Studies & Planning from Goucher College. Professionally, she serves as a academy accessories artist at the Maryland Accompaniment Department of Education.
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