Awakening: The Art of Ursula Schwartz
July 30 — October 27, 2013
This introspective exhibit features a sampling of large-scale oil paintings created by contemporary artist Ursula Schwartz. Born in Nelspruit, South Africa, she expresses her unique South African perspective through bold colors, enteric brush strokes, and intimate portraits and figurative work. Poetry written by the artist and her young son will accompany each painting. Schwartz’s paintings reflect the complex nature of modern femininity, and portray an elegant juxtaposition of power and vulnerability. Her work has been exhibited, sold, and collected in South Africa, Europe, and the USA.
The Holy Art of Imperial Russia: Icons from the 17th C. –Early 20th C.
November 5, 2013– April 13, 2014
The sacred images on view in this exhibition are of a kind once readily found in even the humblest homes of Russia, as well as its churches and public shrines. Centuries-old artistic conventions are juxtaposed with new, Westernized formal elements and vernacular interpretations of these new forms. For Orthodox Russians, icons served as more than just religious paintings; they were relic-like objects directly linked to the holy figures they depicted. They were seen as comforters and powerful guardians. Icons were the direct line from the real world to the spiritual and appeared everywhere in pre-Soviet Russia.The exhibition will be on loan from Hollingsworth Fine Art.