Ilona Royce Smithkin "Joy Dust" Reading & Book Signing

Join East End Books Ptown as we welcome legendary artist, singer & author Ilona Royce Smithkin back to the bookstore for a special event on Saturday October 7th at 5:00 pm. Ilona will read from her book & talk about her creative inspiration, sing & tell a few jokes! Ilona will also be signing copies of her book. This will be a night to remember! Copies of Joy Dust are available at the store. If you can't attend the event and would like a signed copy of the book, send the store an email and we'll arrange it for you. Books can be picked up after the reading or we can ship it to you.
Joy Dust
Ilona Royce Smithkin is a force. A force of
nature. A force of willpower. A force of woman.

At 90 years old, this lifelong artist was spotted
by writer and photographer Ari Seth Cohen
and featured in his blog and blockbuster
documentary, Advanced Style. Since then,
Ilona has become a fashion model and New
York City icon.
Now, at 96, Ilona shares her insights on aging
and staying creative. An inspirational collection
of reflections from this forever young
one-woman zeitgeist.

About - Ilona R.S.

Photo of IlonaPetite, vivacious Ilona Royce Smithkin was born in Poland and studied at the Reimann Schule in Berlin and Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp. She emigrated to the United States in the late 1930s and studied with Robert Brackman at New York City's Art Students' League. An Impressionistic painter noted for her life studies and portraits, she captured many of the 20th century's "greats and non-greats" on canvas, including Ayn Rand, Tennessee Williams and singer Bobby Short. 

Venturing from her studio above New York's Russian Tea Room, Ilona began exhibiting and teaching in Kentucky, Indiana and South Carolina. Her classes, which offered as much life guidance as art instruction, grew so popular that she was made a Kentucky Colonel by the state government, received sponsorships from private foundations and state arts' commissions, and was presented with keys to numerous cities. She became a frequent judge at art competitions as well as a popular TV and radio guest. Her landmark television series, Ilona's Palette, established the instructional painting genre on PBS, and was followed by Painting with Ilona (which spawned a companion book by the same title) and Finishing Touches with Ilona.

Ilona maintains a second studio in Massachusetts, where she continues to teach and exhibit at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Eight years ago, she discovered a knack for performing while appearing in a PAAM benefit, and her "Eyelash Cabaret"— in which Ilona performs with her frequent collaborator Zoë Lewis— has become a fixture at performance venues and private functions across the Eastern seaboard.

Today, Ilona is experiencing a renaissance. In addition to being the subject of Melissa Hammel's award-winning documentary, Ilona, Upstairs and a recent book, Ilona Royce Smithkin: The Sixties, New York City and Provincetown by John Lucas, she continues to have her work exhibited in galleries. Recently, she's been featured in such well-known media outlets as New York Magazine, Time Out New York and Time Out London, The Huffington Post,, and LX-NBC. At 91, she inspires generations with her warm personality, joie de vivre, and the wisdom acquired from having lived her life as a work of art.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
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