“Painting is about courage. For both the artist and the viewer,” says artist Henrietta Mantooth (Henriettamantooth.com).
The 97-year-old describes her work as “witness” because it often focuses on those “who are usually faceless – refugees, rebels, prisoners, farmers, men and women who defend their lands, homes, children, animals and ideas.” During her prolific career, she has exhibited her work at prestigious institutions ranging from the São Paulo Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art in Brazil to the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City.
Mantooth will be shown at the New Gold Standard Arts Festival Kick-off on February 16 at the Goddard Riverside Center Bernie Wall in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Celebrities such as Brenda Vaccaro, Richard Kind, Mario Cantone and Judy Gould are scheduled to attend, along with entertainment and city leaders.
The Gold Standard Arts Festival is the only multidisciplinary art festival in the United States to celebrate the strong work of older artists. It premieres the week of April 25 and will feature performances and fine arts culminating in a film festival this weekend. It was designed and directed by film/TV veterans Kaitha Gentis and Elaine Katz and co-hosted by Goddard Riverside, a community organization.
“We see this festival as a great way to nurture, showcase and celebrate a demographic that has been largely ignored in the arts,” Katz says. “We live in a wonderful time of inclusion and diversity, and we want to add this demographic to the conversation.”
Artwork at the concert will be offered for sale, and a portion of it will be used to fund the festival. There will also be a live auction that includes tickets to tonight’s show with Stephen Colbert. Tickets are on sale at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gold-standard-arts-festival-kick-off-party-tickets-224948496007