Falciglia Art Gallery at International College to Feature Exhibit of Modern Artist Irving Herbert

The Thomas and Paula Falciglia Art Gallery at International College hosts “The Art of Irving Herbert” from November 4 through December 2.

The exhibit will feature the multifaceted works of Irving Herbert (1911-2000), a native New Yorker, Harvard Law School graduate, and real estate attorney who began a love affair with the Brooklyn Bridge in 1960 through photography. He was an attorney for 65 years and an artist for 50 years.

Herbert’s artistic endeavors eventually evolved. He became a printmaker at the Art Students League of New York and participated in the modern art movement centered in New York City. Herbert’s creative works range from representational oil paintings to more non-objective work in the field of color viscosity and abstract impressionism.

Twenty-six (26) pieces of Herbert’s multimedia artwork will be shown at the Falciglia Art Gallery. Herbert’s daughter, Linda Endler, is also donating to the College a retrospective of his work, which captures the experimental feeling of the mid-century modern aesthetic. A reception will be held at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, at the College. Endler is scheduled to attend and speak at the reception.

“As an adult, my father, a lifelong learner, always enjoyed taking college courses for the sheer enjoyment of it. These courses included calculus, physics, and computer graphics,” Endler said. “Since International College is geared toward the adult learner, I thought the Falciglia Art Gallery would be a perfect venue for my father’s work.”

Dr. Ron Bowman, International College Dean of Students and Art Committee member said the entire committee is overjoyed to have a gift of this magnitude donated to the College.

“We are very delighted with the comprehensive collection of Irving Herbert’s visual representations. Ms. Endler’s major gift is an exciting contribution to the International College’s budding permanent art collection,” Bowman said. “The retrospective illustrates not only one artist’s involvement in the twentieth century art movement, but demonstrates the dichotomy of aesthetic expression possible in the life of a career professional.”

Herbert’s subject matter included New York’s Riverside Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, ice skaters in Central Park, birds, plants, and abstract art with an Asian influence. The variety of media he used included pen and ink, watercolor, woodcutting, etching, collagraph, lithograph, silkscreen, and oil paint.

"It is my hope that the public, who comes to view my father’s work, will enjoy the beauty and diversity of the collection and will be inspired by the example of the life of my father to realize that learning and creating can be a life-long joy,” Endler added.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, except during the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-27). International College is located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive, in North Naples, at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Interstate 75.
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