Since moving to Vi at Lakeside Village in Fall 2014, the Jules and Rosalie Greenbaum’s apartment has become a kind of art gallery.
Their home is a mosaic of cultural influences from a life spent traveling and absorbing the cultures the couple encountered. The shelves are adorned with brightly colored kachina masks, and handwoven baskets are displayed alongside paintings by Jules. His artwork ranges from Southwestern landscapes, to portraits of Indian figures in headdresses and ceremonial blankets.
Art has always been a part of The Greenbaum’s life, but since moving to Vi at Lakeside Village in 2014 it’s taken on an increased focus. Jules, who studied at Pratt College and the Art Students League, had never painted until after he retired.
“People find it hard to believe he never started painting until he retired,” Mrs. Greenbaum said. “But when he paints, he completely retreats into himself — and retirement has given him that opportunity.”
Finding their New Home
Stephanie Fleishman, a Sales Counselor at Vi at Lakeside Village, got to know the Greenbaum’s as they were considering a move to the community.
“He paints on his balcony every day,” Fleishman said. “He’s a brilliant man — and even more, he’s a nice man.”
Fleishman says Rosalie’s pride in her husband’s work is infectious: Jules is humble and quiet, but Rosalie sings his praises and invites everyone inside to visit and see his creations.
As a born-and-raised New Yorker living in Florida, creating Southwest-inspired art may seem like an odd combination, but Jules makes it work. His interest in the topic was sparked during a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he and Rosalie saw vibrant American Indian art, and beautiful Southwestern landscapes. It was this visual inspiration that lead Jules to pick up a paintbrush.
For the past several years, his work has been displayed throughout South Florida. He and Rosalie worked together to find an agent and gallery placements, where he sold many of his paintings – some for thousands of dollars.
Painting A Beautiful Legacy
More recently, Greenbaum began to dedicate his artistry to a philanthropic cause. In 2014, he donated several watercolors to Faith Farm, a faith-based, residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men and women, based in Boynton Beach.
Faith Farm sold the paintings as part of a fundraising event — and it was then that Greenbaum received a recognition for his artwork that he’d never experienced before.
“Jules got a standing ovation at their big dinner that December,” Mrs. Greenbaum said. She says her husband’s art will be his legacy, and one they can both be proud of. “Someday, maybe Jules and I will be looking up — or down — and we can see all of the good his artwork has brought to these kids.”