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Edna Hibel

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Edna Hibel


Edna Hibel was named America's best loved and most versatile artist and best colorist. Since being commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives in 1995 to commemorate 75 years of women receiving the universal right to vote, Hibel is now acclaimed  the "Heart and Conscience of America." when Ms. Lucy Baines Johnson, of the U.S. National Archives described her as such.
Born in 1917 to Abraham and Lena Hibel of Boston, Massachusetts, Miss Hibel grew up in the Boston area. She was educated at Brookline High School where she met her future husband, Theodore Plotkin. She spent many summers at the shore in Hull, Massachusetts and in Maine studying watercolor painting.  She began painting at the age of 9 in elementary school. In addition to art, Miss Hibel was very proficient in tennis and she had a wide circle of friends many with whom she still stays current by telephone.
Edna Hibel was educated at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, from 1935-39, and was a special graduate student later. In 1942, she was honored with the Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico.
Edna began "pulling" stone lithographs in 1966 in Boston and then moved to work in a fourth generation 'atelier" in Zurich in 1970 and she worked in Switzerland.  Lithography is a drawing medium and it is especially suited to her draftsmanship and exquisite control over "the line."  She innovated in creating works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, wood veneer and encouraged her porcelain manufacturers to allow her to create color separations with stone lithography which were transferred in a "secret" complicated process onto Bavarian hard paste porcelain. These works are now called lithographs on porcelain.  Ms. Hibel has created the "Arte Ovale" series, and various plaques with this technique.  With both lithographs on paper and on other materials, she often segments her editions of lithographs by colors, papers or the use of gold.
Edna painted in her studio at home beginning early in the morning and hand enhanced her original stone lithographs and serigraphs with pastels, oil paint, gold leaf, pencil, ink, crayon and charcoal. 
She worked in watercolors again on a limited basis since she had mastered the techniques as a young person. The Hibel Museum of Art has received a wonderful collection of watercolors from the 1930's and 1940's which confirms her master watercolor artist status. Her oil paintings are sold through www.HibelArt.com.