GLORIA GREER: Portraits

October 12 - October 15, 2017

Gloria Greer Portraits

CODA Gallery is pleased to present art from the personal collection of Gloria Greer in a benefit for the nonprofit she founded, ACT for MS.  

Diminutive in stature, Gloria Greer had a fearless, larger-than-life Life. Gloria was a reporter, editor, columnist, feature writer and broadcast journalist who appeared for 25 years on the nightly news, interviewing everyone from Gerald Ford and Walter Cronkite to Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman.  Gloria moved to Palm Desert in 1961.  She founded Sand to Sea magazine in 1974, which she sold to Palm Springs Life in 1999, continuing as society editor until her death in 2015. 

Gloria was passionate about both the visual arts and performing arts.  She created, produced and hosted two television shows for Time Warner and PBS in Southern California:  “Exploring the Arts” and “Conversations with Gloria Greer.”  The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ inducted Greer into its prestigious Silver Circle for her 25+ years on air.  Greer was the first journalist to receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1997.  She served on numerous non-profit boards and believed true success is measured by giving back to those less fortunate.

The collection includes paintings ranging from her family’s collection of 17th to 19th century landscapes and portraits, to early La Quinta artist Fred Penny, and portraits by international artists with second homes in the desert, including the late impressionist John Morris, Ilona Von Ronay, and the late Sascha Lautman. Included in the exhibit are three portraits of Gloria herself, including one by Morris called “My Fair Lady.” Gloria is shown wearing one of her famous hats, and “My Fair Lady” composer Frederick Loewe wrote out the first two bars of the Ascot Race theme at the top of the painting. Also on display is an oil portrait of Frederick Loewe by desert and Austrian resident Ilona Von Ronay. Other artists in the collection include Phillippe Henri Noyer, Bessy Mona Lasky, Broadway producer turned artist Gant Gaither, Wally Byrd, Ferris, Amato, Silvi, and Michael Childers.

[Above, Portrait of Gloria Greer, Sascha Lautman, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in]