Elly Simmons

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Click here to read Jack Hirschman's piece about Elly

Political activism, community involvement, and cultural awareness have been a part of Elly Simmon's life since childhood. Born in New York City in 1955, she grew up in San Francisco, California. Her earliest memories include Elly Simmonsparticipating in protest demonstrations with her parents.  She was influenced by her father's progressive politics and commitment to social change, and by her mother's creativity and compassion. Her sister Mara's life has also been deeply significant to Elly's approach to painting.

Elly lives with her husband John, and their lively and creative daughter, Maralisa in the town of Lagunitas, California, giving her access to both the urban cultures of San Francisco and the Berkeley Oakland East Bay, as well as the beauty and community spirit of West Marin. This mix of environments and neighborhoods contributes to her strong compelling imagery.

Her work is also shaped by the joyous symbols of the art of the Americas, her own Jewish culture, the commentary of political artists such as Ben Shahn, and by the rich visual diversity of San Francisco Bay Area cultures. Elly paints her love and exuberance towards life. She paints not only what brings her happiness, but also what moves her to sorrow or to anger. She paints to protest injustice, but also to celebrate the beauty of existence.

Click here to download Elly Simmon's Resume in Adobe Acrobat format.

artist statement

To reach the artist, contact:
Elly Simmons, PO Box 463,
Lagunitas, CA 94938
(415) 488-4177
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