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Robert Allen Ruckman: "AUM Salem" - Reception Nov 14, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Mary Davis Holt Back Gallery, Elberson Fine Arts Center,
Exhibition Dates: October 27 - February 6 Reception: Friday, November 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. AUM Salem is an all-goddess exhibit, and the name of the largest painting dedicated to the genius of Salem College. These “flow paintings” embody each goddess’ power and imagination, the union of sound and light. Ruckman’s unique approach to technique and content comes from viewing the artist as medium, an intermediary between spirits and humans. Using ancient hermetic practices, he anchors the thought-form of these goddesses to the canvas. The paint coalesces around the etheric forms as it is manipulated both physically and psychically. The images that emerge from this process are the result of Ruckman’s meditation upon the co-creational union with his subject, constituting what he calls “Abstract Portraiture.”
Suffragettes: Votes, Violence, Victory - Reception Nov 14, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Elberson Fine Arts Center,
Exhibition Dates: October 27 - February 6 Reception: Friday, November 14 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. On March 3, 1913, the Women’s Suffrage Procession in Washington, D.C., marked the cumulative achievement of Suffragettes after generations of struggle. “Votes, Violence, Victory” celebrates the Suffragettes and pays homage to women for their enduring fight for gender equality. From Sarah M. Grimke, abolitionist and feminist from South Carolina, to Rosa Parks, who took a powerfully modest stand, a movement develops and expands. Women activists, often portrayed as ambitious, radical, pushy, and unwomanly, have been less celebrated for securing many of these liberties. Ultimately, society’s embrace of peaceful change arrives through those who soldiered and suffered brave causes.

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