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Friends, family & patrons,

Thank you celebrating Rachel's legacy as an artist. I could stop there. But that's not my way. Instead, I want to give everyone an update on the success of the show & related events, and let you know what John, Aaron & I have planned for the future. As I write this, books, prints & originals are arriving in mailboxes across the country and even a few international locales. If you ordered something and haven't received the item by the end of the week, let me know!

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Most important to me is that between sales at the show, soon afterward, and the several paintings claimed by Aaron, John & myself, there are more than 20 original paintings & sketches now or soon to be hanging in honored places across the country & even around the world. Many had been in storage for years. That's a huge win. In addition we sold about 40 books, large & small, and dozens more ebooks. More than 50 prints sold (and I've hung a dozen more--they look so good!), a few dozen ebooks, hundreds of website visitors, and thousands of people reading the articles in the Jewish Journal, Beverly Citizen, Salem News and the Boston Globe's Globe North. Hundreds visited the show during the week.


And as a nice side effect, we've raised over $3000 so far which Aaron & I will soon donate to Northeast ARC. http://www.ne-arc.org/ In fact, that number is still growing as we're donating all proceeds through AT LEAST the end of the month to the group. So if you want to buy a copy of the book, a print, or even an original, there's no time like the present. There may also be smaller exhibits in the Beverly area (such as the Beverly Library or Northeast Art Community gallery) over the next year featuring a subset of paintings from the show, where you could have the chance to buy more art or just enjoy it once again.

Print sales: http://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/
Book sales: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3227466
For eBooks: Send $5 via PayPal to [email protected]
View the price list for originals then contact me: http://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2012/6/price-list-for-original-art

And then, going forward, what next? First of all, I'd like to invite everyone to "like" the Facebook page and encourage other fans to do the same. I'll be posting a new painting or drawing every day or two, and updating it regularly with news & announcements. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Romes-Artworks/404679539583245

There is even more stuff on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakerome/sets/72157625911446697/ including ~150 paintings that I re-photographed earlier this month in preparation for future project. I think I did pretty good! http://www.flickr.com/groups/theicebox/discuss/72157630046174565/

Then, as an obvious fan of Rachel's artwork, I've added you to this mailing list which I expect to only use 3-4 times/year. And why would I contact anyone again? As noted, Mom created more than 600 great artworks, and the show did little more than scratch the surface. I'm planning on doing *something* every year. I'd love to have an annual event in the Carriage House, but that's a lot of work from across the country. However, I am already planning the 2nd book in the series. The format will be about the same, with paintings & essays mixed in. I'll have a book launch party, maybe on the east coast maybe on the west coast, definitely with some paintings and many more prints available for sale. And just like this year, all paintings in the book will available online as prints, and I expect we'll sell some more original paintings too.

So, that project won't start just yet. But I would like to invite all of Mom's friends & family to contribute an essay to future books. We all love reading stories about Mom as an artist & lover of life, so please share your own favorite memory. There's no length requirement, could be 1 sentence or 10,000 words. I'll make it work. No need to tell me now, but you are certainly welcome to do so!

Thanks again, and cheers.

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Color & Charcoal: The Book https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2013/6/color-charcoal-the-book The stunning, 12" fine art hardcover is now available for $115, with the affordable 7" softcover following soon. Buy now, or place a pre-order for delivery on or after the show opening (August 3). Here's the preview. You can also order the PDF direct from Jake for $5, just shoot me an email or leave a comment & I'll supply details.

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Original Art Price List for Color & Charcoal https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2013/6/original-art-price-list Rockport Quarry Before I get to the price list, first I'm going to explain why I've undertaken this project. So Jake, why is it you're publishing books & hosting shows for your Mom's art?

Good question, and there are lots of reasons, the laundry list is below. But the main reason is simple: Mom truly valued her work, and loved when friends would purchase paintings to hang in their homes. Other than presenting them as gifts under exceptional circumstances, Mom did not give them away. I never quite understood that. Until, that is, I inherited more than 600 hung around the house and stored in the studio and basement and tried to figure out what to do with them.

Well, I could give many of them away to friends & family. But where would those artworks end up? I feared they would be hidden in closets. I could keep all of them, but to what end-- they should be on display for the world or even a few to see & love. Then it hit me, lit a bolt of lightning. If I could sell them, I could be more confident that the paintings would be truly valued and be hung in an honored place. But I'm no salesman, and selling art to strangers isn't easy. Clearly, the market was Mom's friends & family, and my own friends as well. But that would be odd, to take money from friends.

So I decided on a plan. I would sell the artwork, to friends & family. And donate all the profits-- every last nickel and probably a few extra-- to a charity that would support the arts or arts education. The books, funny enough, were more a by-product than an objective. I wanted photos of *everything* before selling to posterity. And once I had 275 amazing paintings captured perfectly, it just made sense to create books as well. And prints, with a website and digital editions.

Now with 600 paintings, it will take a long time to find homes for most of them. But I'm patient. If I can sell 10 originals each year, then in 40 years time we'll have worked through most and the rest will be hanging on the walls of my home, or my brother's, or my nephewses'.

TL;DR: I'm selling the artwork & donating the proceeds because I want the paintings & drawings to hang in homes where they are loved.



There's still the laundry list, including the above: find loving homes for original artwork, share Mom's work widely, create lasting mementos, connect with my Mom through her art, support worthy arts charities, an excuse for a party and probably a few other things. Some of you know all that, but as this thing developed over 2+ years, those not along for the ride didn't know the whole reason for the venture. Now you do. Thanks for listening. The nuts & bolts are a lot more meaningful if you know the back story. Now here's that price list.

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Color & Charcoal: Mark Your Calendars & Preview the Work https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2013/6/color-charcoal-mark-your-calendars-preview-the-work PosterPoster Celebrate the art of Rachel Rome at the book launch party & show on August 3. This is the follow-on to last year's book & show, A Celebration of Art (you can still order books & prints). That was a huge success, raising $3000 for art programs offered through North Shore ARC. Moving from the east coast to the west coast, Jake is hosting this year's event at his home. You can find more details & RSVP on either Facebook or Evite.

The title of this year's entry, Color & Charcoal, refers to both the vibrant colors Rachel used in her painting and the charcoal employed so skillfully in her sketches. The show will feature 60 original works of art, plus prints of dozens more. You can preview the book at Blurb and place an order directly with Jake; later on it will be available for purchase direct from Blurb. While a limited number of prints will be available for purchase at the launch party, prints are available for purchase right now on the website. That includes bonus pieces as well. If you just want to browse, they look great on Flickr.

Just like last year, all the proceeds will be donated to charity. This year, the beneficiary is Mychal's Learning Place of Hawthorne. The funds will be used to support their arts programs. Mychal's mission statement is, "to assist children and adults with developmental disabilities to build self esteem and independence by providing social and recreational activities with an emphasis on life skills training in a safe and loving environment."

While last year's book focused on the amazing work created in San Miguel, Allende in Mexico, this year's outlook is broader. Of course San Miguel is well represented, but so is Viterbo, Italy. Truro on Cape Cod, and Ipswich, Beverly, Gloucester & Rockport along Boston's North Shore. Take a look at the photos below to get more of a flavor of the book. Between now & then, make sure you like the Facebook page to see a new painting each day.





Time for Coffee Model clothed in black & white


Lady in the Red Dress


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Price List for Original Art https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2012/6/price-list-for-original-art OK, the show is coming together! This is Jake again. John & I spent the last two days finding all the artwork, measuring, buying supplies, mounting about 40 paintings, drawings & sketches on foam core board, and stretching 3 of the signature pieces of the show. Now that I've seen everything, simply, WOW! I'm handling sales of the original art directly, either in person or online. Shipping is extra, just enough to cover my own costs. But hey, buy a piece for $1000+, and I'll cover the shipping. How 'bout them apples! It really is a stunning amount of work, and the show doesn't even represent 10% of what Mom produced in her career. Simply amazing, prolific. If you have any questions or want to place your order, shoot an email to me at [email protected]. You can order prints right here, books at Blurb and eBooks at Blurb or by shooting me an email. And of course, all the above is for sale at the show, opening on Saturday! Hope to see you there.

Swan Lake

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A Celebration of Art https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2012/5/a-celebration-of-art Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of ArtToo long; didn't read version. But you want to read the full story, just below.

You are all invited to join Rachel's friends & family on June 9 for the memorial show, Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art, all proceeds from which will benefit the ArtWorks! program run by Northeast ARC. The show takes place at the Carriage House in Beverly's Lynch Park, with the opening show hosted by husband John Houpes and sons Aaron & Jacob Rome on Saturday June 9, from 5-9 PM.

  • Year long project culminates in the June 9 show. You're invited & you'll be able to buy original art, prints & the book.
  • You can order a large ($135), small ($35) or electronic ($10) book at Blurb. Or if you live in the United States, place your order by sending me an email by May 22.
  • Buy prints of any of the artwork featured in the book & show in many sizes, including 8x10s for only $20.
  • Buy the eBook for $5 direct from Jake,


This is Jacob, and it's almost here! For over a year, I've been slowly planning to host a show featuring Mom's art. And in a little more than 3 weeks, I will absolute celebrate at the opening of Mom's memorial show, "Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art." And you are all invited! I began the effort a lifetime ago in January 2011, photographing the art with Mom by my side and telling me the story behind each painting. Oh, what I would give to have finished the project with Mom! A flame was lit, and with the help of friends & family, I completed photographing nearly all of Mom's painting & sketches in the house while sitting Shiva and soon thereafter. But I wasn't done yet, not close.

Mom created such a wealth of amazing art (you'll see), so much that there was simply not enough room for Aaron, John & myself to display it all. We wanted to share Mom's art with the world. But how? We could give much of it away to friends, but we worried it would sit in closets instead of being displayed on walls. Plus, Mom was never a fan of giving her paintings away (except to her boys, of course). We could try to sell it, but that would be a tough task-- perhaps her friends would purchase the art now, but I would feel awkward taking money from Mom's longtime friends. Finally, we all decided on the best option: host a celebratory show, sell the paintings at prices Mom would set, and donate every single dollar to charity. It's a win-win-win: friends would buy the art they loved, Mom's art would be properly valued and a great charity would benefit. We found a great organization, Northeast ARC, and would use the proceeds to support their ArcWorks! arts program.

Nearly 300 more creations were in Mom's studio. I sought out Flickr friends for advice on how to best photograph the paintings, primarily in The Icebox. Then, my immensely talented friend Edson Matthews volunteered to fly to Beverly from his Virginia home to help me complete the project. So one fine August day, Edson & I spent probably 12 hours photographing about 300 sketches, drawings & paintings. Unlike my early crude attempts, and my later commendable efforts, this was a step apart. Custom white balance, sharpness, 2 strobes, a full sensor cleaning, precisely vertical easel, superb tripod, pro lens, D700, all tethered straight to my MacBook Pro for instant capture & tagging. The result? Archive quality images, as good as might be done for a collection from Matisse or Picasso. Nearly every painting had now been photographed; the groundwork had been laid.

Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art Back Cover

The next step was securing the venue and picking a date with the help of Mom's longtime artist friend Katerina Gates. Aaron & John both agreed that June 9 would be perfect, and so word started to filter out. From the start, I knew I wanted a commemorative book to accompany the show. Not just something thrown together, but a work worthy of the artist, Mom herself. Big, bright pictures. Colorful essays. A photo mosaic showing what fun Mom had in her last decade-- Galapagos to Yellowstone, Italy to San Miguel. Even a travel article written by Mom herself. More than a dozen friends & family contributed essays. And another Flickr friend who I haven't yet had the misfortune of meeting designed the front cover, back cover and show posters. Thanks Tim, aka Love of Carnage. The covers do nothing less than establish the book from the start as a colorful, vibrant, fine art book fit for coffee tables nationwide and would not look even a touch out place at even the finest art museums. And the design of the interior matches the quality of the covers & images, thanks to design assistance from another Flickr friends I have yet to have the misfortune of meeting, Gabriel aka Lito. Of course I kid, I hope to meet all my Flickr friends.

I'm proud of these books-- the art is amazing, the photography is perfect, the quality of the print is phenomenal and essays bring to life a vibrant soul through her art, through essays from friends & family, through her own words and through photographs sprinkled throughout that bring back fine memories from nearly 7 wonderful decades. You owe it to yourself to buy a copy of the book, either as an ebook, 7" softcover or the simply stunning fine-art 12" hardcover edition.  You will be able to enjoy this vibrant art in your own home for many years to come. If you live near Beverly or in Southern California, order your book by email & I'll deliver the books in after the show opening.

Glitter Reeecola collage

Of course, no modern event can be complete without a website. That's probably right here, unless it isn't. Which creates not just a great portfolio for all the artwork in the show, but also lets anyone order prints starting at $5 for a 4x6, $20 for 8x10 and many other choices as well. It came with a blog too, and it's the home of this blog entry.

Finally, we get to the show itself. The City of Beverly Recreation Department has generously allowed us to host the show in the Carriage House in Lynch Park. The show runs from Saturday June 9 until Thursday June 15, with hours from Noon - 9 P.M. on the weekend and 4 P.M. - 8 P.M. weekdays. I'll be there with many other friends & family for the show opening, June 9 from 5 P.M. - 9 P.M. You can RSVP by leaving a comment, RSVP on the Facebook event page, or just show up! All the paintings, drawings & sketches on display will be available for purchase, starting at $50 for most sketches, $300 - $500 for many of the paintings and $2000 - $5000 for the signature, vibrant paintings that will simply transform your room once hung on the wall. In addition, 8x10 prints of all the paintings will be available for $20 each. And a limited number of books will be available, while supplies last! Order in advance to make sure you get your copy. John, Aaron & I will be busy getting ready for the opening until then, mounting the paintings and hanging them Friday afternoon & evening. I hope to see you all as we celebrate Mom's artwork.

Vision in the Garden Sketching practice

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Preview of the Companion Book https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2012/5/preview-of-the-companion-book The book is still undergoing final stages of proofing, so it is not yet available for order. This post will be updated once the book is ready for order. For now, please enjoy this preview. You can also preview the book on Google or Blurb. Better yet, download the PDF (along with the giant Blurb watermark).

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Rachel Rome Houpes Memorial Art Show Opens on June 9 to Benefit Northeast ARC Art Programs https://www.rachelromehoupesart.com/blog/2012/5/OpeningJune9 Beverly, Massachusetts

Friends and family of Rachel Rome Houpes will gather at the Carriage House in Lynch Park on June 9 at 5 PM for the opening of her memorial show, "Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art." During more than 4 decades of creating art and teaching classes in Beverly, Rachel left her mark through hundreds of paintings and thousands of lives touched while gaining countless fans along the way. Through her art, Rachel continues to give back to the arts community, as 100% of sales proceeds will benefit art programs offered through Northeast ARC for North Shore residents with disabilities.




Rachel's husband John Houpes and sons Aaron & Jacob Rome will be hosting an opening celebration on June 9 from 5 - 9 PM in Lynch Park's Carriage House, along with many more of Rachel's longtime friends and family, and the entire community is invited. The show is open Saturday & Sunday June 9 & 10 from Noon - 9 PM, then weekday evenings June 11-15 from 4 PM - 8 PM.


More than five dozen original paintings, drawings and sketches will be on display and for sale during the week long show at prices from $50 to $5000. In addition, a fine-art commemorative book will be available for purchase as a 12" hardcover for $135 or as a 7" softcover for $35. A limited selection of 8" x 10" prints will be available for purchase on site for $20, and prints of all artwork can be easily ordered online in a variety of sizes.


Visit the show's website, where prints, books and posters can be ordered. The blog will be updated with more information as the show approaches. Contact Jacob Rome via email at [email protected] or via phone at 310-429-6693 for more details.



Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art


Rachel Rome Houpes: A Celebration of Art


Back Cover


About Northeast ARC

The Northeast Arc is dedicated to providing lifelong individualized supports to people with or at risk of developing disabilities, and their families, ensuring opportunities to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, socialize and play. With your help, our neighbors with disabilities are supported in living full and happy lives. http://www.ne-arc.org/

Artist Biography

Through her remarkable art, you are about to meet an extraordinary woman. Wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, teacher, community activist, writer, and artist. But always an artist, from her earliest days, then passionately throughout her life.

Rachel Janis Freedman was born February 6, 1942, in Paterson, New Jersey, to Alex and Lucille (Pankin) Freedman, and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania with siblings Michael, Susan, David, and Naomi. Armed with an English and Secondary Education degree from Temple University, Rachel quickly showed her ability to teach and nurture young people as a high school teacher in Philadelphia, honing skills she would make great use of later on teaching art to children and adults alike. After marrying Jim Rome in 1967, Rachel packed her bags again and moved to Massachusetts, settling in Beverly in 1970 to raise sons Aaron & Jacob.

The vibrancy and energy and passion you are about to discover in Rachel’s art was mirrored in her approach to life and community. A mainstay at Hadassah. Pivotal in the Beverly Guild of Artists. A co-founder of the PTO. A lifelong learner earning a Master's in Education in the late 1980s. And a regular columnist for and contributor to any number of local newspapers. That’s when she was at home. Rachel’s world view – and the way she so vividly expressed it in her paintings – came naturally from first-hand experience. She was a true world-traveler from Alaska to the Galapagos, from Europe to Nepal and Hong Kong, always writing and often painting and sketching along the way. Rachel married John Houpes in 1988 and his encouragement helped Rachel pursue her art with renewed passion. Frequent winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico soon followed, and these trips helped inform her vision and inspire her to new heights of creativity.

And what resulted? Subjects ranging from oil paintings of classic New England scenes to big, bold acrylics capturing the festivity of San Miguel. Hundreds of models sketched and dozens of ceramics sculpted; no tool was off-limits to this wonderfully creative mind. In addition to beautiful landscapes and vibrant street scenes, Rachel would stretch her boundaries with fantastical abstracts, creating mixed media originals with glitter, charcoal, watercolor or anything else that happened to be within arm's reach.

Rachel's intellectual curiosity combined with her vivacious personality, generosity of spirit, fierce intelligence, and exceptional talent to keep that artistic flame burning as she continuously sought out new creative challenges. This continued pursuit was recognized in the Fall of 1997 when "Mexican Siesta" was awarded Best in Show by the Guild of Beverly Artists. And oh what a joy to combine her loves of family, teaching & art as Rachel celebrated the joys of art with grandsons Nathan, Max & Quincy.

Rachel obviously lived like she painted and painted like she lived. With passion, curiosity, adventure, and love. When you get to know her art, when you experience the boldness and the energy of it, you will then know her as well. Among Rachel's many legacies is her art, and it is the hope of her family that it continue to be enjoyed by others for many years to come.


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