An Artist and Humanitarian  


  On Friday, December 5, 2014, artist Edna Hibel passed away in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida almost at the age of 98.  Her art and life will continue to cherished by all those who possess her creations or were fortunate enough to know her personally.  The Hibel Museum of Art held a a public event in January 2015 in her memory.  The Hibel Museum of Art has been closed since 2015 on the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University. 

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Edna celebrated her 97tth birthday on Monday,  January 13, 2014 at the Hibel Museum of Art with a high tea and a free concert  of Brazilian music. 



In years past:

National Women's History Month 2008 Honoree

Edna Hibel was honored in 2007 by the League of American Pen Women in Washingon, D.C with an exhibit and  proclamation by the mayor of Washington, D.C. and featured on the Legends and Legacies program on WPBF-TV, affiliate Channel 25 in Palm Beach County Florida.

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Edna returned from Zurich on June 13, 2003 and we celebrated the completion of her 600th edition of original stone lithographs at a special party at the former, Edna HIBEL Gallery in Boynton Beach, FL  This accomplishment is quite significant in the life of an artist.  We are unaware of any other American creating so many unique drawings for editions of multi-stone lithographs.                              

Photos from Zurich.        



    INTERNATIONAL ART  AWARD:                                                                                    

Edna is honored with the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts  

from Rector Gispen of Utrecht University on November 21, 2001. 

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  Edna is greeted by Dr. Jose Rafael Estrada, Founder of the World Cultural Council of Mexico City which created the International Honor.   
The prestigious International Art award has been granted once every three years since 1980. Ms Hibel has been cited for her innovations in artistic methods (especially in original stone lithography and porcelain ) and her contribution to art education.  The World Cultural Council has appointed 100 members from five continents which jury the art prize.  They also grant every two to three years an Einstein science prize and an education prize. Previous art recipients include Robert Rauschenberg, and most recently a Polish artist. The first art prize was awarded to the City of Athens, Greece. 
The ceremony took place in the most historic room at Utrecht University, the Hall in which 350 years before the country of The Netherlands was formed.

After the awards ceremony, a reception permitted the invited guests to socialize. Edna was joined at the event by Bryant Smith, a long time collector from Ft Lauderdale, now deceased, Virgina Goulet, another collector from Florida and Massachusetts,  Ula, Tommy and Celestine Wolfensberger of her Lithograph studio in Zurich, son, Andy and husband, Tod Plotkin, and  Etonella Christlieb's mother, Mary Hartree. The next day, Edna traveled to Zurich to complete more lithographs for your viewing pleasure.            . 

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  Edna signs the winner's book of the World Cultural Council  with Dr. Prof. Wild Executive Director of the new Global Foundation and the Rector. 

Dr.Tobias, director of the WCC and    Dr. Wild with Edna


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                                                                                                                                                                Edna is congratulated again by the Rector with students applauding


                           In other news, Edna celebrated her 84th birthday on January 13, 2001.  Photos

White House 200th...
In 2000, Edna created a painting to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the White House. The painting  called "the Heart and Conscience of America" was unveiled at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D. C. that June.  Photos

Who was Edna Hibel? 

May 2004*

  Photograph courtesy of Patti Carr of Dubuque, Iowa.  

For over 40 years, Edna Hibel has been referred to as America's best loved and most versatile artist, and best colorist. Since being commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives in 1995 to commemorate 75 years of women receiving the universal right to vote, Hibel is now acclaimed  the "Heart and Conscience of America." when Ms. Lucy Baines Johnson, of the U.S. National Archives described her as such.


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One of many Edna Hibel porcelain collectibles Click Here For Plates.

Born in 1917 to Abraham and Lena Hibel of Boston, Massachusetts, Miss Hibel grew up in the Boston area. She was educated at Brookline High School where she met her future husband, Theodore Plotkin. She spent many summers at the shore in Hull, Massachusetts and in Maine studying watercolor painting.  She began painting at the age of 9 in elementary school. In addition to art, Miss Hibel was very proficient in tennis and she had a wide circle of friends many with whom she still stays current by telephone.
Edna Hibel was educated at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, from 1935-39, and was a special graduate student later. In  1942, she was honored with the Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico. 
Edna began "pulling" stone lithographs in 1966 in Boston and then moved to work in a fourth generation 'atelier" in Zurich in 1970 and she still works in Switzerland. Lithography is a drawing medium and it is especially suited to her draftsmanship and exquisite control over "the line."  She innovated in creating works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, wood veneer and encouraged her porcelain manufacturers to allow her to create color separations with stone lithography which were transferred in a "secret" complicated process onto Bavarian hard paste porcelain. These works are now called lithographs on porcelain.  Ms. Hibel has created the "Arte Ovale" series, and various plaques with this technique.  With both lithographs on paper and on other materials, she often segments her editions of lithographs by colors, papers or the use of gold.   Edna wrote a statement about lithography in her early years which applies to more recent works.  Her husband of 67 years has written a statement about her philosophy which admirers may value.   Edna working in Zurich.  
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In the past, Edna painted each day in her studio at home beginning early in the morning and hand enhances her original stone lithographs, serigraphs and giclee with pastels, oil paint, gold leaf, pencil, ink, conte crayon and charcoal. She traveled for special exhibits to promote the Hibel Museum of Art and to join the Edna Hibel Society on overseas trips. She would bring home new creations from almost every trip. She normally works in oil paint. However, in recent years, she worked in watercolors again on a  limited basis since she had mastered the techniques as a young person. The Hibel Museum of Art has received a wonderful collection of watercolors from the 1930's and 1940's which confirms her master watercolor artist status.  

A depiction of Edna's father's experience as an immigrant
The work of Edna Hibel has been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries in more than 20 countries on four continents including national museums in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Russia and the U.S.A., and under the royal patronage of Count and Countess Bernadotte of Germany, Count Thor Bonde of Sweden, Prince and the late Princess Rainier of Monaco and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Hibel received medals of honor from His Eminence Pope John Paul II and the late Belgian King Baudouin, and has received six honorary Doctorate degrees including one from Eureka College, the alma mater of President Ronald Regan and Northwood University of Florida, Michigan and Texas. She received her sixth honorary degree from Simmons College, Boston in May, 2005.  According to Will Ray formerly of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Ms. Hibel is Palm Beach's most famous artist.
In addition to her numerous artistic awards, Edna Hibel has received many humanitarian honors for her more than one half century in raising donations with her work for children's and medical charities. She has also used her humanistic and compassionate work to bring peace through cultural understanding between China and the United States, Yugoslavia and the United States and Russia and the United States with her "Golden Bridge"  and " Peace Through Wisdom" exhibits in those countries. The television documentary " Hibel's Russian Palette" was developed during her trips and art shows in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg.  She was recognized for her effect on people and their love and understanding for each other long before her travels to communist countries with an honorary doctorate degree from the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
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In 2001, Edna received a Lifetime Achievement Award from "Women in the Visual Arts," an organization of artists in the South Florida area. Edna was particularly appreciative of this honor from her peers.


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Edna Hibel was a professional artist for 83 years...

Since 1960, the Edna Hibel Gallery was the exclusive distributor of Edna Hibel's work world wide.  For 15 years, the Hibel Gallery was located on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.  In the summers, Hibel exhibited in Rockport, MA.  In the winters in several Florida locations.  Then in 1968,  The Hibel Gallery opened in Palm Beach and was located on Worth Avenue for twenty years. For a total of  37 years Edna Hibel exhibited among Palm Beach island's premier art galleries, collectible stores, and gift boutiques.  The Hibel Museum of Art was opened in Palm Beach in 1977 and stayed at the Royal Poinciana Plaza until 2000.   

Retail operations moved to Lake Worth, Florida and then to Jupiter, Florida. The Hibel Museum of Art was closed in 2015 on the Jupiter, FL campus of Florida Atlantic University.  A virtual museum is planned for the future.

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Edna with her sweetheart of 67 years, Theodore Plotkin, in their home.


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After over 39 years in Palm Beach County, the Edna Hibel Gallery, formerly on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and the wholesale corporation Edna Hibel Corp have been closed.

Fine art creations by Edna Hibel  may be viewed by appointment only through our gallery director, Bonnie Benamar.   For additional information at  (561) 667-1148.                              

The Hibel Museum of Art ( closed as of 2015) was operated by Edna Hibel Art Foundation, a 501c 3, non-profit public institution  and formerly located on the MacArthur campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida.  When open, the museum offered a retail shop for your gift and art purchases.  Inquiries about the museum should be directed to bozwellgo@gmail.com

For information about any of the images on this page E-mail: balaigne65@gmail.com

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