Homage to Terry Bell
Bolinas artist and educator Harriet Kossman was trained as a fine art print maker, but like her life, her art took a leap into the unconventional, full of adventure, dedicated purpose, and color. This artwork is an homage to Kossman’s long-time friend and neighbor, artist Terry Bell. While cleaning his house after Bell’s death she found the large piece of paper and began an unplanned artwork. It expresses humor, interconnected lives, and warmth. She has included impressions from a clever set of circus-themed stamps that Bell designed.
Harriet Kossman has had a busy career as a multi-award winning art educator, consultant, and director of local, state, and national education organizations. At Bolinas-Stinson Union School, where she taught for forty years, she co-founded the nationally recognized Art Shop program, and taught almost every student of two generations. Yet Kossman always finds time to continue her own creative exploration using many mediums. Her work often depicts environmental issues while other work is playful and inventive.