Lyalya Herold (1928-2006) was an artist, teacher, activist, force of nature, beloved daughter, mother, and grandmother. She was born in New York City, daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Hyman Filtzer and Lillian Levinton. She lived for extended periods in NY; rural Hancock, MA; Northampton, MA; Paris, France; and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Throughout her life she created thousands of works of art—paintings, metal sculpture, ceramic sculpture, rugs, drawings and collage. Many found their way to museum, gallery and personal collections around the globe. She had numerous solo and group shows. One painting, "Black is Beautiful," was reproduced in an edition of 10,000.
Lyalya was also a writer leaving behind two published works-- "Death of a Marriage Birth of a Woman," Barrington Press, and a children's book "The Sun and I," Joe the Monkey Press -- as well as 15 typescripts published in limited runs.
A political and environmental activist for over two decades, in 1962 Lyalya was instrumental in banning the planned construction of a nuclear reactor within New York City.
Lyalya attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, the City College of New York, Middlebury College, and the École du Louvre in Paris during her four year sojourn in the city 1950-1954.
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