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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By: IRC Blog

Artist chooses the art of living at Creekside

Even before she moves into Ingleside at Rock Creek’s new Creekside addition, Washington, D.C., artist Halcy Bohen has a presence at the retirement community. 

Several current residents invited her to mount an exhibit of her work here. It is in the gallery through February 2018. Eighty works are on display in a range of media, including ink, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, oil, collage and watercolor. Halcy’s subject matter ranges from landscapes to pointed social commentary. Twenty-five of the drawings and paintings on display focus on refugees and include portraits of people affected by the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Her affinity for drawing and painting is akin to her other professional lives-- as a psychologist, teacher, author and Princeton University dean. Each role requires both close observation and a creative response from her. In the visual arts, she often records her take on unique moments in specific settings, at home and abroad—including hundreds of ink and watercolor travel drawings of places around the world.

Her pieces have been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows. In the DC area these include the Yellow Barn Gallery; The American Painting Gallery; the Landow Gallery; Politics and Prose Cafe; The Watergate Gallery; the Smithsonian; the Starfish Cafe, Capitol Hill. And on Bustins Island, Maine. More than 300 of her works are in private collections. Thirty-two of her drawings of the Palisades DC 4th of JulyParade won second prize at the annual Washington Historical Society juried competition, and are on exhibit through March at the GW University Museum. Her published drawings have appeared on CD albums, in the journal, VOICES, the Art and Science of Psychotherapy, and this winter in the DC journal DISTRICT LINES. She has taught children's art for the DC Department of Recreation and for Yale Alumni Service Corps projects in China, Ghana and India. Her many illustrated books for her nine grandchildren are real and imagined stories of her large, extended family.  

As a visual artist Halcy has studied at the Corcoran School in DC, the Art League in Alexandria, VA and the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park.MD. She has a B.A. in history from Smith College, an MAT from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University. She taught high school history in Brookline MA and Norfolk, VA. When her children were in preschool, she wrote questions for the College Board. 

When Princeton University became coeducational in 1969, she was the first female dean of students. In 1977 she was engaged by Theodora Ooms, also now an Ingleside resident, to write a book called “Balancing Jobs and Family Lives” at the Family Impact Seminar in DC. She also conducted a study on work-family issues for The Children’s Defense Fund, and was clinical director of The Family Therapy Practice Center at Dupont Circle. Since 1983 she has had a private practice of psychotherapy in DC. 

Halcy and her husband live in the Palisades neighborhood of DC, about 10 minutes from Ingleside. They have known about its interesting residents for many years, and think it wise to move to this vibrant community in their 80s— both to maintain engaged, active lives with less home owner responsibilities; and to spare their five children any burden of having to downsize and move them. The proximity to the beauty of the outdoors in Rock Creek Park, and to the cultural activities of the city—theater, museums, restaurants, etc.— are major factors in them choosing IRC.   

If you would like to learn more about this unique retirement community and the upcoming Creekside addition, please call us at (202) 407-9672 or request more information here.

 



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