Greenwood Lake Public Library will exhibit the works of the late artist, AnnaKaren Clemmensen (Sept. 13, 1960 to Jan. 31, 2008), courtesy of AnnaKaren’s sister, Margaret Fox during the month of January. A native of Oakland and a graduate of Holy Names High School, AnnaKaren was a former East Bay figurative painter with a scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts and held a degree in art history from U.C. Berkeley.
Furthering her craft, she embarked on an intense course of self-instruction by working with professional models, then studying master paintings in Paris, Vienna, London, and Copenhagan. She returned to Holy Names High School to teach beginning through advanced art.
Clemmensen, who was known for her museum-quality portrait paintings, did a charcoal drawing of the world renowned pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy that was later used on his Rachmaninoff album.
During AnnaKaren’s short life, she was a gifted artist and a poet of great vision, sensitivity, and talent. Her significant life work included art shows, commissioned portraits, and numerous drawing and sketches ranging from landscapes to unique and tender representations of her beloved pet rabbits.