Margaret Ponce Israel

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Margaret Ponce Israel (a/k/a Marge Israel) was a painter and ceramist who lived and worked in New York City. She was married to New York artist Marvin Israel. She was born in 1929 in Havana, Cuba and died in 1987 (she was 57 years old) in Manhattan. She was hit by a tractor-trailer while riding her bike on West 23rd Street. Her studio/home was a three-story building in Manhattan that was once a horse stable. A prolific ceramist, her Manhattan studio was overflowing with artwork. There she also housed a bantam rooster, guinea hens, doves, a rabbit, dogs, and a cat. Her works depict many of these animals, and an exhibit of her work, "A Domestic Bestiary," was at the Perimeter Gallery in Chicago in February, 1998. She taught at Parsons School of Design; Greenwich House Pottery; Music and Art High School for Gifted Children; Y.M.H.A.; all in NYC, and at Ecole des Beaux Arts; Stanley William Hayter Graphic Art Studio; Atelier 17; and, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere all in Paris, France.


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