Stella McKeown is the possibly oldest Flushing Town Hall member participating in our annual Visual Arts Members’ Show this month. The new exhibition – on view now – explores the theme of identity, asking “Who am I?” and “What do you see?”
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Stella. The 80-year-old lives in Jamaica Estates, and was born and raised in Brooklyn.
Stella, who has been drawing since childhood, is retired from her position teaching fine arts in junior high school.
The title of her piece in the new exhibition is “Descending.”
“This painting is another version that was based on a musical composition about the announcements and warnings heard on the escalator at 53rd and Lex,” she says. “It was gifted to the composer. My husband wanted the picture, so I made this one for him. He agreed that I show it.”
She adds, “I felt it was relevant to the theme in a metaphoric way. Who is the figure descending? Where is she indeed, going?”
Stella has been a member of Flushing Town Hall for more than two decades. “I like Flushing Town Hall because it is a community-based venue,” she says. “It reflects the diversity and contributions of the many cultures found in Queens. It’s most important to support the arts and culture. They are the heart and soul and reason for being alive.”