Renowned American operatic mezzo-soprano Betty Allen’s contribution to New York’s cultural realm extended beyond her more celebrated singing days with the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Opera. She had a rewarding second career as an educator, serving on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and fostering a flourishing art scene in Harlem as Executive Director and President of the Harlem School of the Arts. In this capacity, Ms. Allen encouraged participation by Harlem-based artists, helping to promote a sense of community and interdisciplinary associations. She also collected works by many of the artists who were involved with various committees and groups she anchored in association with the School.
Educhora is pleased to introduce a selection of artworks from her estate, representing the eclectic and vibrant local art scenes in Harlem during the second half of the 20th century. Depicting such subjects as still life, personalities and landscapes in Harlem and elsewhere, and interesting when viewed as individual works of art, these paintings take on an added significance when considered collectively. They are an artistic tribute to Ms. Allen’s dedication to, and love for, art and artists, and would be a superb collection for students and lovers of Harlem art, Harlem history, New York cultural history, American classical music, and 20th century American history.
Also from the Betty Allen Estate: Musical instruments on display in her office at the Harlem School of the Arts