Sunday, May 24, 2020

Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic (21)

Painter Sue Turayhi is represented by three paintings in the online exhibition "Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic." In recognition of her generosity, I'm highlighting today images of each of those artworks. Sue offered these artworks for their relationship to the pandemic-related words "Isolation," "Quarantine," "Lockdown," "Loss," and "Love."

Sue Turayhi, "Locked in Woman"
16" x 12"

Sue Turayhi, "Missing Love"
Acrylic and Oil
18" x 24"

Sue Turayhi, "Step to Heaven"
18" x 24"


Sue Turayhi was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. After earning an art degree in design from the Academy of Fine Art at the University of Baghdad, she worked at the Iraqi National Museum and later was sent to the archeological site of ancient Babylon, where she immersed herself in the study of Iraqi antiquities and history. Subsequently, to advance her studies, she migrated to Chicago, Illinois, and in 1980 received a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to creating art, Sue is a fully licensed and certified interior designer.

To learn more about Sue, see her profile and Website in "Artists' Biographical Information." For sales information, see "Purchase List for Artworks."

St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Arlington, Va.), which supports the parish arts ministry I lead, is hosting the multi-part online exhibition. Images of artwork featured in the exhibition appear on the church's new Instagram page; images are added daily. Poems included in the exhibition can be found at "Poetry in Response to the Pandemic," where you'll also be able to listen to some recordings from the poets or a playlist compiled by Stacy Ericson.

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