Beth Eidelberg (1933-2018), Victorian Home, watercolor, 22.25 x 16", frame: 30.5 x 24.75"
Beth Eidelberg Stern, nee Beth Elaine Weidenfeld, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in San Antonio at the age of 84. She was born in San Antonio, TX on September 26, 1933, to Anna and Amnon Weidenfeld. She was well known in the San Antonio fine arts community for over half a century as a painter, distinguished by her detailed watercolors of historic homes, architectural features, landscapes and, for several decades, her signature large, vivid scenes of flower and produce markets. She was an artist who found her most compelling inspiration in the images of South Texas, particularly in San Antonio's unique scenes. At one time, she produced a series of paintings reflecting her own nostalgia; scenes of her alma mater Jefferson High School's elegant architecture, the Uptown Theater, Five Points, and, in one instance, an ode to the original Luby's Cafeteria which is reported to have found its way into that corporation's home office. Despite the acclaim and popularity of the series, Beth was reluctant to ever reproduce any of the scenes. She spoke of the King William Historic District in reverent tones and often painted there. She noted with humor that, "All my life I painted outdoors. Now I've learned that I'm a plein air painter."
No one has said it better than John Palmer Leeper, former director of the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, when he spoke of the artist: â€œOne enters with pleasure the untroubled, unshadowed world of Beth Eidelberg, whose paintings are exacting yet reassuring. She has been trained well and her art has grown. From the slightly somber paintings to the exuberant watercolors of bountiful Mexican markets filled with flowers and swinging piÃ±atas, she is heavily dependent on drawing both in pencil and with a pigment backed brush. She has a fully orchestrated calligraphy at her command. Hers is a benign world, yet one presented with firmness and decision and always with a clean sense of structure.â€
Eidelberg's watercolors sparkle with a freshness. Flower markets around the world are her forte. Balcony windows beckon, doorways and gates beg to be opened, and cottages invite one inside. The artist is accomplished in oils as well. Slightly heavier in texture, these paintings maintain the immediacy of her watercolors.
Community service has distinguished the artist throughout her career. She has been poster artist for numerous major charities. Eidelberg has taught students of all ages, privately and in the public school systems. If sustained superior performance is a mark of success, Beth Eidelberg clearly is successful.
Media: Oil, Watercolor
Education: Monticello College, Alton IL
San Antonio Art Institute
University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Albert Glassell School of Fine Arts
Associations: Texas Watercolor Society
San Antonio Art League
San Antonio Watercolor Group
Coppini Academy of Fine Arts
Awards: American Watercolor Society, Exhibitor
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Exhibitor
San Antonio Art League Artist of the Year, 1990