As a bonus to going on my Hildreth Meiere pilgrimage in March, I was introduced the work of Gabriella Polony-Mountain in the Regina Quick Center for the Arts collection. I had never heard of her, and was glad I discovered her work. She was born in 1918, and just in 2009 at age 91, had a first comprehensive showing of her work in Kansas City where she lived for many years after emigrating from Hungary.
Polony-Mountain takes a journey with a journalist to the sites of many of her Kansas City works of art, including a mosaic panel, in pristine condition, hidden behind a mirror in an apartment building lobby. A resident of the building describes her relief that mosaic has reemerged, since she remembered seeing it as a child, and then moved into the building as an adult and it was gone. Much of Polony-Mountain’s work is yet to be found. Fortunately, the Quick Center has mosaics, stained glass, and copper repousse doors.
The very first piece was a work of stained glass, Making Music, by the entry, followed by an interpretation of the same theme in mosaic. In the same space, there is a magnificent set of copper repousse doors, with a Guardian Angel on the left side, and a Fallen Angel on the right side. When her name appeared as the artist for these as well, I was amazed by her many talents, and glad to see its manifestations in one place.