Thursday, April 29, 2010

BEAUTIFUL / Virginia Women Artists and the Body

Virginia Women Artists and the Body

Victoria F. Gaitán
Elissa Farrow Savos
Elizabeth Menges
Bernis von zur Muehlen

April 29 – June 11, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 1, 5 – 7 pm

Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, #103
Reston, VA 20191

Women Artists and the Body: A Moderated Dialogue
with The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes
Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 pm

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents BEAUTIFUL: Virginia Women Artists and the Body, an exhibition that explores the complexity of physical beauty through the works of four Virginia based artists. Photographers Victoria F. Gaitán and Bernis von zur Muehlen, painter Elizabeth Menges, and sculptor Elissa Farrow Savos illuminate private moments, cultural expectations, disfigurement, and the transience of beauty manifested in the human form.

BEAUTIFUL is part of Virginia’s 2010 statewide event MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. The celebration includes thousands of special events and programs offered between March and June of 2010. Events include plays, choreography, compositions, and exhibitions of paintings, photography or films created by women or featuring women as the primary focus. This celebration is an unprecedented collaboration of hundreds of participating artists and cultural organizations and is a demonstration of the breadth and diversity of arts and culture across the Commonwealth. It is the first of what the cultural community hopes will be an ongoing series of statewide collaborations shedding light on topics of interest to the people of Virginia. 

1 comment:

  1. I am glad to see Bernis is still exhibiting. I was an English student and photography subject of hers in 1979. She had a fabulous talent for revealing both beauty and emotion in everyday beings. She valued inquiry above security, intelligence above social graces and individuality above conformity. I still think of her often.