Etchings by Milda Spindler
Milda Spindler is a native of of Lithuania and was educated in Western Europe and in the United States.
She studied at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, New York, and completed her education in 1979 at The University of New Orleans where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Most of Milda's work is based on nature and the outdoors, though several of her etchings depict human individuality.
Milda has exhibited her works in many juried shows and is the recipient of several major awards. Many of her etchings and prints have been exhibited for many years at the Anglade-Barthelemy Gallery, 818 Royal St. in New Orleans French Quarter and at The Rivertown Art Gallery in Kenner, Louisiana. Some of her best paintings and prints are in the permanent collection of the National Art Museum of Lithuania in Vilnius. See: Museum Link
She was selected in 1997 by the City of New Orleans Office of Tourism and Arts to participate in the Business of Art: Art from Experienced Hands. Her etchings were also exhibited in March, 1998 for National Women's History month in the lobby of the Entergy Center in a show entitled The Enterprising Woman: Visions Of Excellence. Milda is a life member of The New Orleans Art Association and The Greater New Orleans Art League. She has demonstrated her art techniques in the Art Appreciation Programs of that group as well The West Bank Art Guild, The LePetite Art Guild, The Jefferson Art Guild and to students at The Rivertown Art Gallery.
Quote from the artist:
“I am an artist and displaced person. I was displaced from Lithuania, my homeland, by the migrational waves of persons fleeing the carnage of World War II. This was not our family’s preferred choice. During the war, between the ages of 11 to 18, I travelled between Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria and finally Canada.
Seeing all of these areas as a teen age girl during this incredible upheaval gave me a unique vantage point. At times, I saw humanity at its best and also at its worst during this troubled period. Finally, after the war I was approved to immigrate to Canada and then eventually to The United States following my marriage to an American citizen. Because of the war and the need to survive as a refugee, I had to delay the completion of my education in fine arts until I finished raising my four children.
Most of my work is based on nature, life outdoors and human individuality. I observed all throughout the war period that nature is consistently beautiful in spite of what we humans do. Birds continue to nest and sing, and flowers still bloom. In my art, I created glimpses of this beauty using different mediums."