Please join Maxine for her Opening Reception on September 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center in Boonville. Regular hours of the exhibit will be 12:00 to 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday with Saturday’s by request only.
Maxine Kohler was born during the Great Depression in 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was influenced by her father, who always encouraged her and her brother to draw. She fondly remembers family-time being spent drawing and critiquing each other’s work, setting her up for a lifelong passion for the arts. “Art is second nature to me. I always have and always will consider myself a student of art; Therefore, This is a show of work by a curious, wonder struck child.”
As a child, Maxine attended parochial schools moving to Buffalo at age 13. She graduated from Bryant and Statton Business Institute with an A.O.S. In Business Administration, D’Youville College with a B.S. In Business Management and NY State University College at Buffalo with an M.S. In Student Personnel Administration. At 27 she adopted New York City as her home of choice.
Her first career was in the restaurant business. First, serving food in hi-end restaurants than becoming a chef and finally operating her own restaurant and bar “Maxine’s” in Greenwich Village, NY.
Meanwhile, she was a homemaker and mother. Over the years, Maxine enjoyed drawing and took art classes at Mary Mount Manhattan, Buffalo State College, Daytona Beach Community College as well as classes with private teachers.
In her second career, she taught at Bryant & Stratton, Kelley Business School, and Buffalo Vocational Technical Center – all in Buffalo.
After retiring to the North Country in 2005, she took her first class with Doug Hoch at the Lewis County Historical Society and many private classes since then with Doug.
2009: One person show at Lowville Free Library
2010-2016: Group shows at Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, Lewis County Fair, Lewis County Historical Society, the Maximillian Gallery, the Bateman Community Room
JoAnn Ballard, Director Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center 106 Schuyler Street Boonville, New York 13309
“The Center seeks to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and individuality, encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination through the arts.
Our goal is to raise generations that value the power, the passion and the significance of community, its history and the arts”.