Les Beaux Arts Gallery

Gallery Hours: Sunday, 11am - Noon; Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement
February 1 to March 31


Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

School Groups are welcome. Docents are available.
Call for a reservation. Admission is free.

Civil Rights: What challenges do we face today?

 “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Who said this and why? How did the various strands of the Civil Rights  movement – political, historical, social, religious – come together to make change? Are we still on the path Martin Luther King envisioned? Have we finished? What are we prepared to commit to today for a more just world?

This inspiring exhibit is both a visual and a written history of the Civil Rights Movement and honors the many who sacrificed their lives for freedom and equality. The show features a series of paintings created by Pamela Chatterton-Purdy using handmade paper, oil paints, and found objects. Each of the thirty icons is accompanied by a historical description written by the Rev. David Purdy, her husband. The use of the iconic form represents the sacred nature of the Movement’s nonviolent philosophy.

In Eastern Christian tradition, icons are religious paintings on wood panels depicting scenes from the Bible. They are often set in a golden background or covered with silver. The style is idealized, suggesting the sacred nature of the subject. Icons are venerated for their theological teachings of the church. Chatterton-Purdy was inspired by icons to create a body of work representing people committed to social justice.

The subjects  include Martin Luther King, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and many others. The show celebrates all of their lives and their common mission.

 

Impressions of Tuscany: Photographs by Arto Szabo

Les Beaux Arts Gallery is ushering in the New Year with a collection of travel photographs by Arto Szabo, the indefatigable globe trotter whose latest escapade took him to Tuscany in Italy. The exhibit opens on Sunday, January 4 and runs through January 29.

Tuscany is known not only for its beautiful landscape but for its historical centers. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home of many important artists. It was always Szabo's dream to visit Tuscany and photograph the scenery of this ancient Etruscan land.

When asked about it, Szabo explains, "In Tuscany one is surrounded by the views of the constantly changing landscape and the architecture of over 500 year old towns and villages with stone walls and marble churches and castles. It is fascinating to find old hardware objects embedded into the walls. Walking through the streets of Florence and Sienna, one is overwhelmed with the breathtaking beauty of the medieval architecture of the buildings and the timeless piazzas."

As a landscape photographer, Szabo travels around the world searching for historic and interesting places. When he returns, he spends time creating large format photo album books and special exhibitions. He is a resident of Greenwich and studied at the Applied Arts University in Budapest, Hungary. He left Hungary during the 1956 revolution and moved to New York where he studied at Parsons School of Design. He designed furniture for some of the largest manufacturers in the country and after 45 years, retired to spend more time with his beloved photography ventures. His next trip is a photo safari to Tanzania.

Les Beaux Arts Gallery is located at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road in Greenwich. Gallery hours are Sunday, 11a.m. – Noon; Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Closed on Saturday. The Gallery will also be closed Monday, January 19.

 

 



 

 

 

A Personal Vision: An Exhibition Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness
Paintings by Martha Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     En Plein Air, landscapes by Jean-Pierre Jacquet

 

 

 

 

 

"En Plein Air," landscapes by Jean-Pierre Jacquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Flinn Solo Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Psychology of Art"   Lyn and Bob Harmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aux Quatre Coins Du Monde, Anne Strasberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine That, Jeff Moriber

May 5 - June 24

 

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Notebook, Heather Sandifer         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Rhythm and Perspective, Janet Baldi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer to the Tsar, Produkin-Gorskii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamy Landscapes, Deborah Pierce Bonnell