Into the Light


Please join us for the book launch of

Into the Light

The Healing Art of Kalman Aron

with Author Susan Beilby Magee and Artist Kalman Aron

Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm



Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Pete Wilson
Governor Gray Davis

Introductory Remarks
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance

A six-year-old girl sits for her portrait by an unknown artist…. Fifty years later, he asks her to write his story.

INTO THE LIGHT relates the life of émigré artist Kalman Aron from his youth as an art prodigy in Latvia through four years of darkness in Holocaust slave labor and concentration camps, where drawing portraits of guards for morsels of food would save him from starvation.  After the war, he made his way to the Vienna Fine Arts Academy where he received his Masters in Fine Art. He then left Europe, finding sanctuary in California in 1949. Aron first found success in America by painting pastels of children. He became known for landscapes and studies of people in his unique style, “psychological realism.” His work soon caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and connoisseurs alike, and commissions arrived from such notables as Ronald Reagan, Henry Miller and André Previn.

INTO THE LIGHT is the visual record of one man's remarkable journey and the triumph of the human spirit. Magee reveals how Aron resolved fundamental issues: How does one respond to the extremes of human brutality? What happens to the rage, sorrow and despair? Does one chose to remember, forgive, and heal?


Kalman Aron, Detail of Memory (1953), ink on paper, 10.5 x 7inches.


Kalman Aron, The Lost Children (1950s), oil on canvas, 13.5 x 12.5 inches.


Kalman Aron, Portrait of Henry Miller (late 1960s), oil on canvas, 40 x 36 inches.


 Kalman Aron, Balcony
View from my Studio (1985),
oil on paper, 14 x 17 inches.

About the Author


Susan Beilby Magee’s career spans diverse realms of politics, economics and spirituality. A leader of the women’s movement and director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Rights in Seattle, she moved to Washington DC as a White House Fellow in 1976.  Magee held policy and management positions in domestic finance and economic development in the US Treasury and Commerce Departments and later served as an international business consultant. Having earned a BA from Pomona College and MBA from the Wharton School, she has served on numerous boards of directors.

Twenty-six years ago, she turned from business to matters of the heart, meditation and healing, becoming a certified hypnotherapist and meditation teacher. She is the founder of the Washington Circle of Master Healers and participates in healing programs at the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at the Washington National Cathedral.

Susan Magee’s life-long friendship with Kalman Aron began when she sat for her portrait at age six. A half century later, the artist asked her to write his story, and she spent countless hours interviewing him, his family and friends and other Latvian survivors. Over the past nine years, she traveled his path across Europe from Riga, through seven slave labor and concentration camps in Latvia, Poland, Germany and then Czechoslovakia and finally to Vienna before coming to Los Angeles.

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