Venus, Eve, and Madonna

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International Images, ltd. and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh invites the Pittsburgh community to the anticipated exhibition, “Venus, Eve, & Madonna.” The juried show will take place at International Images, Friday, November 22nd, 2013 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  514 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

23 artists from the Pittsburgh area and members of AAP, will join together in the first collaborative exhibition with International Images fine art gallery. ‘Venus, Eve, and Madonna’, a show revolving entirely on the power and essence of the female spirit, was created to exhibit the artistic grasp and representation of true femininity and female perception of the world. It searches for the complexity and depth of the influence of women in history, the present, and in human relationships. A common vision between its curators and artists, ‘Venus, Eve, and Madonna’, hopes to encompass the roaring and profound effect that women have eloquently possessed throughout time.

76 artists submitted a total of 139 pieces of work for jurying. Heather Semple, Curator for The Duquesne Club and Art Appraiser, and Judy Barie, Director of The Chautauqua Institution, juried the collection, narrowing down the exhibition to a total of 34 pieces. Each piece possessed a quality that the jurors found essential to the success of the theme and the overall cohesive nature of the exhibition. The artists who were chosen to participate is as follows: Ruthanne Bauerle, Alan Byrne, Connie Clutter, William S. Cook, Jr., Dorothy de Groat, Adrienne Heinrich, Tazim Jaffer, Kathleen Kase Burk, Nancy Kountz, Yelena Lamm, Cara Livorio, Laurie Longenecker, Tommy Mason, Nancy McNary-Smith, Daniel Mercer, Sandy Moore, Nathan Nissim, Jack Puglisi, Dafna Rehavia-Hanauer, Ira Rubin, Alex Sutlic, Rhoda Taylor, and Benjamin Thomas.

All 34 pieces of work will be displayed throughout the floors of the gallery beginning November 22nd and will continue until January, 2014.

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‘I Grew Out Of A Flower, Shed My Skin, and Turned Myself Into A Skeleton”: Christian Wolfgang Breitkreutz

When we first came to view Christian’s work we were intrigued by the absolute raw intensity and elaborate titles. When viewing Christian’s work one may feel a sense of disturbance at first, an urge to that pulls the eye in different directions. This underlying feeling of confusion has the ability to draw viewers deeper into his work because after the disturbance comes the sense of longing, a feeling of great peace and understanding that the image itself is not to harm but to be the giver of hope. Much of what christian paints is from his own life experiences, a twist on the reality that he lives on a daily basis. For this sheer fact, audience has the job of pulling out the truth between the lines, to fill in the empty spaces with their own accusations of truth. The exhibition that now hangs on the walls of our gallery is one of great change, this is the most important detail that must be known for the viewer to rely on. Christian has allowed the adaptation of the pieces, their meanings, and their significance to be the product of the audiences own memories. The success of change is measured by the amount of skin we shed after the experience, or rather the growth of the soul when things have become different, new, even if the change was in no way a good one. It is about figuring out the purpose of events and the will to change for the better in any circumstance. In the end, the skeleton is all that remains after human morality ceases, in the end we lay down with nothing but our souls bared for the world; in all this truth comes one last defining moment, how well did you defeat your demons, how well did you fill yourself with grace? “There are many forms of and stages of life but only one conscious to you. It is our responsibility to experience as much of it as possible. Live all of your years with love and positive purpose because life is about movement! It takes growth and the courage to not only accept change but to embrace change!”

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