Monday, June 29, 2020

The Divine Feminine, An Online Exhibition

Deborah Taylor, "I Stood There Once, On the Green Grass, 
Scattering Flowers"
Oil, 6" x 6"
Inspired by the Mary Oliver Poem "Flares"
in Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

From the Online Exhibition The Divine Feminine


A new online exhibition, "The Divine Feminine",  officially launching July 1, now graces the Website of my parish, St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Arlington, Va.), where I lead our Arts & Faith ministry. Although my original plans were to present the show's more than 30 paintings on the walls in September, factors beyond our control — the ongoing closure of the parish because of the novel coronavirus — necessitated a rethinking and reimagining of the artwork's and related ephemera's display. As you will see, the paintings by four local artists — Elisabeth Hudgins, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, and Deborah Taylor — have migrated beautifully to the Website.

The exhibition, which is accompanied by the Introduction to the artists' concept for the show, includes sections for the Artists' Statements, Inspirations, Artwork, and Biographical Information. Also included is a list of prices for each work. All the works are for sale.

Above is an image on a work by Deborah Taylor, all of whose paintings were inspired by Mary Oliver poems. Below is an image of work by each of the other participating artists. 

Please enjoy "The Divine Feminine" and let us know in the comment section for this post what you think of it.

Elisabeth Hudgins, "Cradle"

Inspired by Elisabeth Hudgins' Stone Cairns

 Linda Maldonado, "Sacred Waters, Holy Ground"
Acrylic and Collage

Inspired by Christina Rossetti Quotation

Elise Ritter, "Blue Madonnas"
Acrylics and Inks

Inspired by Terry Tempest Williams Quotation


The sources of the artists' inspirations are documented in the Artists' Inspirations section of the exhibition. 

The inaugural online exhibition "Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic" remains available to view on the St. Michael's Website.

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