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2017 Wishes

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Hi there,

Children’s book illustrator Tibor Gergely, our dear family friend, drew this image for a magazine cover in 1942.

Newly an immigrant fleeing the Nazis he poured his love for the beating heart of small-town America into every moment here.

We send this to you with fond wishes for peace and joy in the coming year.

Linda
Art, family, Friends, love, Memories, Tibor Gergely and Me

Geri

I was twelve when legendary Little Golden Books illustrator Tibor Gergely (Scuffy the Tugboat, Tootle the Engine, etc.) drew me, in his studio on Lexington Avenue in NYC, lost in my favorite activity. Now, decades later, today, I got to stand next to my likeness in the Platt/Bornstein Gallery at American Jewish University. Only this time I’m only pretending to read. smile emoticonThese days, all my extra time is spent on rewriting my family story (which many of you know as The Goldsmith’s Daughter.) As I excavate the past I’m struck by the extraordinary artists who peopled my life as a child. Tibor Gergely, my surrogate uncle (whom we called ‘Geri’) was my very favorite person. Thank you for then and now, Geri. Then and now. So very grateful

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family, Tibor Gergely and I

Peaches, Tibor Gergely, and my mother

The peach orchard where I used to live in Fishkill, New York. Back in the day. B/W painted by dearest Tibor Gergely, legendary children’s book illustrator and honorary member of our family. Watercolor by artist Greta Schreyer, my mother. ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎peaches‬ ‪#‎livingmydream‬ ‪#‎honoringthesetwoartists‬ ‪#‎family‬‪#‎missingthem‬

By Greta Schreyer
By Greta Schreyer
By TIbor Gergely
By TIbor Gergely

 

 

 

Tibor Gergely and Me

Tibor Gergely and I

Sitting in the studio, surrounded by their art, missing those who’ve left us after losing their families in the Holocaust. My mother, Greta Schreyer, Tibor Gergely, her best friend. Love you both. Grateful for the legacy you left; as always, hoping to keep your memories alive. (A never-before-seen drawing of me, age 10, by Tibor Gergely.)

 

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