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.
Our Next Exhibit: "Polo at Conyers Farm"
April 5 - May 14, 2015
Open Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ted Berkowitz explores Infinite creative possibilities through the acrylics, sketches and mixed media in his exhibit, “Polo at Conyers Farm,” at Les Beaux Arts Gallery. The exhibit opens on Sunday, April 5 and runs through Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Galloping horses, the feeling of heart pounding exhilaration, vital moments dramatically captured with a remarkable sense of speed, life illustrated in many facets of spatial form: These are the paintings of Berkowitz's Polo Game series. The viewer will have the opportunity to experience the aesthetics of rhythm, balance, harmony and interaction. The brushwork is quick and spontaneous to capture the fleeting image. "With a sketchbook in hand I draw," Berkowitz explains, "catching that moment in time. From that momentary stillness before the Conyers Farm games begin, to the crowds exploding in cheers as the two teams charge up and down the field at full gallop,horses and men fused into one as if mythological centaurs. Animals come to an abrupt halt, players swing their mallets from every angle. Color, energy, pageantry, man and beast, are channeled from the Polo grounds to the canvas."
The Bronx born artist earned his BFA in 1972 from the University of Texas in Austin then went into the corporate world. He created a financial management consulting firm for twenty five years. After 9/11 and the passing of his business partner and wife in 2004, he devoted himself fully to painting. He is affiliated with Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Croton Council on the Arts and Ossining Artists Council. He has received many awards and exhibits extensively. He has also illustrated numerous books and magazines.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is located in the Round Hill Community Church at 395 Round Hill Road in Greenwich. The Gallery is open Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to Noon; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed on Saturday. For more information, call 203/869-1091 or visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org
Impressions of Tuscany: Photographs by Arto Szabo
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.
"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
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