Lorraine Chesin Exhibit at Angelo’s 677 Prime Posted June 13, 2015 by ACG Photos

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Albany Center Gallery is hosting “Artist Loft” for Angelo’s 677 Prime. This event showcases Lorraine Chesin, a local artist who began college courses at Adirondack Community College as a mature returning student. after Chesin received her AA, she applied to and was accepted as an Art Major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Chesin graduated from Skidmore College with a BS at age 35 and subsequently took a position as an Art Teacher at the Hudson Falls High School. Her work with the adolescents in the art room led her to seek a Masters of Social Work. Many of the youngsters had personal problems which they shared with Chesin. It became more interesting to her than the art she was attempting to teach. After returning to school and graduating from the State University of Albany School of Social Work in 1977, Chesin subsequently went to work for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health. Her initial interest was in working as an Art Therapist but eventually found her way from clinical work to administrative duties. After several years of service, Chesin was appointed Commissioner of Mental Health and served as such for ten years. After her retirement, Chesin went back to her first love of art. Upon returning to her art, she rented a studio and began to paint furiously but with a very different style and method. Her professional training and personal journey gave Chesin a new confidence to experiment and play and enjoy without worrying that herself and her art would be critiqued or evaluated. Chesin now has her own studio in her home. For more information, visit Chesin’s website at http://www.lorrainechesin.com

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