Sally Michel Avery 1902 —2003

Biography

Sally Michel was born in 1902. She studied at the Art Students League and spent summers painting in Gloucester, MA, where she met Milton Avery. Milton followed Sally from Gloucester to New York where they married in 1926. Sally illustrated for many publications and acted as the primary financial supporter for her family until the 1950's when Milton's works started selling.

The Avery family spent most summer vacations traveling, which allowed Michel more time to paint. Their vacation spots included much of New England, California, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and even Woodstock. From these places Sally painted many landscapes, seascapes, portraits, animals, and still lives. During these vacations and later when Sally had more time to paint, she and Milton shared studio space and acted as critics and collaborators for one another. Their styles changed and moved together, resulting in the "Avery style."

Although both the Averys were committed to the same goal of painting familiar surroundings in a modern style, Sally's art was somewhat different than Milton's. She never painted for a market but rather painted for herself. Even after Milton's death in 1965, Sally still saw his art as the art for the public and remained quite mysterious about her own work. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Housatonic Community College Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut; University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa; Holyoke Museum; the University of Iowa, Grinnell College and in many fine private collections. Sally Michel drew little attention to her art as a masterful oeuvre. Rather, she stuck to her goal of simply capturing the charm and delightfulness of the daily life that surrounded her. Sally Michel died on January 9, 2003.

An important source for modern and contemporary American & European Art in East Hampton, New York & worldwide, Janet Lehr Fine Arts' spectacular wide-ranging inventory consists of unique paintings, drawings, large & small scale sculpture, monotypes, prints and photographs  by Ansel Adams, Milton Avery, Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Fernando Botero, Cartier-Bresson, Marc Chagall, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, David Hockney, Winslow Homer, Wolf Kahn, Jeff Koons, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Thomas Moran, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Charles Sheeler, Bert Stern, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol, Carleton E Watkins, Tom Wesselmann and Andrew Wyeth.

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EXHIBITIONS

2006-2007
Art in Embassy, American Embassy, Moscow, Russia
2006-2007
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC
2006
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
2004
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
2003
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
1998-1999
Wright Gallery, NYC
1993-1997
Wright Gallery, Palm Beach (solo)
1990
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA (solo)
1989
Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1989
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (solo)
1989
Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee
1989
Rudolph Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1986-1989
Women's Art Journal Tenth Year Celebration, Childs Gallery, Boston & NYC
1988
Art in Embassy, Ambassador's Residence, Manil
1988
Bell Gallery, Woodstock, NY (solo)
1988
Wallace Wentworth Gallery, Wash. DC (solo)
1987
The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA, Retrospective (solo)
1987
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, Seventy Five American Masters
1985
Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock, NY (solo)
1984
Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA, (Avery Family)
1975-1983
Henry Fox Gallery
1982
Ulster County Council for the Arts, Kingston, NY (solo)
1981
Waverly Gallery, NYC (solo)
1973
Galerie du Jonelle, Palm Springs, CA
1970
New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT (Avery Family)
1969
Jarvis Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1965-1967
Paul Kessler Gallery, Princeton, MA
1958
Village Art Center, NYC, (Second Prize-oil painting award)
1957
Village Art Center, NYC, (First Prize-oil painting award)
1950
New York City Center Gallery, NY
1950
Sid Deutsch Gallery, NYC
1950
Woodstock Art Center, NY

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