In recent months students and visitors at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute had the pleasure of viewing Phoebe's artwork. My favorite is the Bird in Flight, no bird visible, but the feeling of flight is clear. The fruit pictures are delightful and are first choices for my neighbors who were with me at the exhibit. Which Phoebe, you ask? Phoebe Mont, of course, popularly known in Hadassah circles as "what would we do without Phoebe?"
In Phoebe's professional life she is an Industrial and Graphic Designer. She produced marketing materials and trade show exhibits for major corporations, in my opinion, those fortunate enough to obtain her services. Phoebe is now the lifeblood of the Hadassah bulletin. When Aniko and I are approached by a possible advertiser, we immediately alert the advertiser to contact Phoebe Mont for assistance. I know she is also involved with, and is past president of the Friends of the Hockessin Library, and produces their marketing materials. She is a familiar face at the Osher Institute, involved with those studying and producing the beautiful artwork we see displayed in the halls and library.
Phoebe was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, all familiar territory to me. She graduated from Southside High School, and then, back to Brooklyn, to earn a degree in Graphic and Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Phoebe did her graduate studies at Columbia. Our New York girl has been a Delaware transplant for only nine years, so it is pretty amazing that she has already become such a prominent individual in the "first state
Phoebe is the proud mother of two. Her daughter Judith went to Gratz for a Master of Jewish Studies. Judith is now the head of the school at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynwood Pa.
Her son Kevin Mont lives in Annapolis and recently retired as a canine officer and trainer for the police department of Ann Arundel County in Maryland.
She is a proud Grandmom of: Andrew, 22, Samantha, 21, Sydney, 20, Austin, 18 and Jacob 15. The two eldest are college seniors. I would think the grandchildren are proud of their grandmother as well.
I think those of us who had not seen her artwork tended to limit our perception of Phoebe to the Hadassah bulletin. There is so much more to see. Phoebe states her work ranges from extreme realism to impressionistic. I can say her sense of color is "stop you in your tracks" vivid and eye catching. The next time any of our Phoebe's work is exhibited, make it your business and pleasure to attend, and bring your friends.
To see examples of Phoebe's wonderful artwork, please click here.