“Faces of Anne Frank: Project Tolerance” Exhibit at BIG ARTS Opens October 15
“Faces of Anne Frank: Project Tolerance,” with works by Myra Roberts, will be on display in BIG ARTS Founders Gallery October 15 through December 1. An artists reception will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 2.
The exhibit will feature the original series of powerful paintings of Anne Frank by Sanibel artist Myra Roberts. The paintings originally debuted to critical acclaim at the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida in Naples.
Anne Frank is widely known for the diary she kept of her life during the two years she and her family spent hiding from the Nazis an attic in Amsterdam. Myra Roberts traveled to Holland in the summer of 2010 to see the Anne Frank Museum. That experience inspired her to spend the next eighteen months carefully converting Frank’s journal entries into the original oil paintings included in this exhibit.
Each painting depicts the innocence and joy that Frank ultimately lost, and brings her to life in a new and original fashion. “Anne’s wish to go on living even after her death is more important than ever,” Roberts said. “Her words continue to educate humanity about the consequences of intolerance, racism and discrimination.”
Roberts’ 30 paintings in this series were published in a full-color catalog called, "Project Tolerance: The Faces of Anne Frank." Of the work, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote, “Your artwork is very moving and I am grateful to you for undertaking this effort to promote tolerance by sharing the story of Anne Frank.”
BIG ARTS will host an ARTSalon about Project Tolerance 3 p.m. Friday, November 2, with Ella Nayor and Myra Roberts. Nayor, author of "Faces of Tolerance: Everyone Counts," worked with Roberts to create this multimedia presentation, which includes a film by Rusty Farst. ARTSalon is an opportunity to talk with professionals in artistic fields to better understand their creative process. Tickets are $5.
Founders Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exhibit supported by Founders Gallery Grand Patron Series Sponsor Deborah and John La Gorce.
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