New Memoir Leaves Legacy of Overcoming Poverty Through Art

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Gal In Sky Publishing announces the January 2010 release of a new book, Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman. Patchwork and Ornament describes Feldman's use of art to transcend an early life of poverty and dysfunction, and includes numerous full-color photographs of the artist's work.

and an example of how important it is for people to write or record their family stories.

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Gal In Sky Publishing Company announced today that its latest offering, Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, will be released in January 2010.

Named a finalist in the Memoir category of the 2009 Texas Writers' League manuscript contest, Patchwork and Ornament begins with life in the South Bronx during the Great Depression. The daughter of an immigrant mother and disabled father, Feldman found her escape from poverty through art and culture. Feldman went on to display her art in several major cities. Along the way, Feldman overcame depression and anxiety, finding peace with difficult early family relationships. The book includes numerous examples of Feldman's art as well as her thoughts about her work.

Gleaned from journals found after Ms. Feldman's death at age 78, Patchwork and Ornament is presented as a written collage, a group of short essays, poetry, and stories that examine Ms. Feldman's early life, young adulthood, family, travels, art, and insights.

For Nadine Galinsky Feldman, editor, Patchwork and Ornament began as a project of organizing Jeanette Feldman's writings for the family, but quickly expanded. "She left an incredible legacy," Galinsky Feldman says, "and an example of how important it is for people to write or record their family stories." As Galinsky Feldman organized the writings, she realized that Jeanette's story deserved to be shared with others outside the family. Jeanette Feldman's descriptions of life in the Depression, and of growing up with survivor's guilt because her mother left Poland before Hitler's rise, offer a glimpse of history that will hopefully never be repeated. She finds the elder Feldman's honesty about day-to-day living, struggling with depression, finding simple joys in family, and using art as an outlet something that many people may relate to.

For more information on Galinsky Feldman or Patchwork and Ornament, visit http://www.patchworkornament.com or call 713/385-7308.

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