Stanley Maltzman, local artist and resident of Greene County, has been selected as this year’s Hall of Fame Honoree by the Pastel Society of America. The ceremony will took place on September 22, 2019, at the National Arts Club, in New York City, along with the awards ceremony for the Annual Exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance”. Stanley’s work is showcased on a reserved wall in the Grand Gallery as part of the Annual Exhibition’s display of pastel paintings selected from all over the world. His painting, “Evening Glow”, has been selected for the Legacy Collection at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown Ohio, by its executive director, Dr. Louis Zona.
Stanley was born in New York City on July 4, 1921. He is a highly acclaimed landscape artist, as well as an author and educator. His early appreciation for nature was fostered by trips to the country with his family and years of attending Boy Scout Camp. He served during WWII on the U.S. Coast Guard vessel USS Centaurus in the Pacific.
Maltzman attended Phoenix School of Design and for years made his living in commercial art in Manhattan. During the early years, he supplemented his income painting signs; some of his earliest “canvases” were delivery trucks.
In 1978 upon retiring and making the big move to Greene County, Stanley became a very active member of CREATE (formerly the Greene County Council of the Arts). Kay Stamer, former Council director, states, “Stanley was a vital part of the gallery committee.” Today he is still active with the Council donating his work to fundraising events, entering the gallery shows and attending the Annual Beaux Arts Ball.
Stanley has worked in a variety of media, most often pastel or charcoal. His paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Butler Institute, National Academy, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is represented in many collections, including the U.S. Coast Guard Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Audubon Artists, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Academic Artists Association.
Stanley was chosen to contribute to Art Journey America Landscapes: 89 Painters’ Perspectives (2012). His work has been featured in Pastel Journal, American Artist, and The Artist’s Magazine.
Maltzman has had many one-man exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous awards. His two books, Drawing Nature and Drawing Trees Step by Step, were both reprinted in paperback. In 2014, he created 10 works paying homage to the 200-year-old honey locust tree that stands across from the front door of Thomas Cole’s house, where they were exhibited.
Stanley maintains the secret to success is, “Work, devotion and the love of drawing”. At 98, he continues to draw, paint and teach locally.