Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces and Untold Stories by Betsy Ashton

OSilas Gallery is pleased to present Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces and Untold Stories by artist Betsy Ashton. This exhibition will be on view April 7 through May 8 in OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia College New York.  The Gallery is open for in-person viewing, with new health and safety protocols in place.  Exhibitions at OSilas Gallery are free and open to the public. Please see below for hours.

Disturbed by the anti-immigration rhetoric she was hearing in 2016 political campaigns and in the media, Ashton decided to use her talent as an artist and her experience as a broadcast journalist to tell the inspiring stories of immigrants with whom she interacts in her daily life–whether the manager of the neighborhood espresso bar or the expert framer who supplied all the frames for the collection, as well as other immigrants whom she has met through friends or other channels.  Portraits of Immigrants is Ashton’s attempt to “balance the immigration story by introducing viewers to real people from a variety of countries and cultures who live in New York City.”

Portraits of Immigrants features 17 oil paintings of immigrants Ashton has known and interviewed over the last four years. Through Ashton’s paintings and the stories that accompany each work, viewers get to know some of the wonderful people who call New York City home and the grit and determination that propelled their journeys to build a happy and productive life in America.

Ashton was a broadcast journalist for nearly 20 years before she turned her attention back to her first love, painting.  For the last thirteen years Ashton has supported her studio by painting commissioned oil paintings of wealthy, accomplished business and nonprofit leaders and their families.  Her efforts to shine a light on people living through the American immigrant experience culminate in Portraits of Immigrants.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, however groups of eight or more are requested to make advance reservations to view the show with Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at Elizabeth.vranka@concordia-ny.edu. Gallery hours are Wednesday/Friday 12 pm – 5 pm, Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm and by appointment by contacting the Executive Director.