Berenice D’Vorzon, an artist whose commitment to feminism, Judaism, and the environment was reflected in her work, died on March 26 at Kittay House in New York City after a long illness. She was 82.
Ms. D’Vorzon began her career as a painter during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Over the years, her work was chosen for public and corporate collections, among them the Guild Hall Museum, the Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pa., the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was shown in galleries throughout the country as well as the South Fork. She was the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Kittredge Fund Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and had spent a year as a resident at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
In a statement on her website, Ms. D’Vorzon wrote, “Most of my work deals with water images and the experience of being in nature. Environmental concerns are also part of the work, which is especially pertinent in these days of ecological crisis. Southern swamps, Long Island wetlands, northern ice, the River Li in China, coral reefs and jungles in the Caribbean . . . are some of my investigations.”
“Berenice’s art was heavily influenced by her love of water and her travels to Europe, China, Israel, Bali, and the Deep South,” her brother, Bill Feinstein, said. Some of her happiest days were spent on the beaches here, he said, adding that she was also a pianist who enjoyed great music and a person with a deep connection to literature.
Ms. D’Vorzon, who divided her time between her house in Springs and New York City, was born in the city in 1932 to Daniel and Lillian Feinstein. She attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, the Art Students League, and Queens College, in time receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She was an associate professor of studio art at Wilkes University for some 20 years.
In addition to her brother, Ms. D’Vorzon is survived by a son, Randall Goya, a granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews. A service was held on Friday at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in Manhattan. Burial followed later that day at Green River Cemetery in Springs.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to Kittay House, 2550 Webb Ave. #1, New York 10468.