Fine Arts Lecture Series (Part 2 of 3): Lecture by Ellen Burke

May 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
555 E Connecticut Ave
Southern Pines NC 28387
(Per Lecture) $15 ACMC & Weymouth Members/$20 Non-members
910-692-ARTS (2787)

Fine Arts Lecture Series (Part 2 of 3)

Presented by the Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

Before the #MeToo movement or even the 1963 publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, a number of women artists astonished the art world establishment and public expectations with their talent and grit. These lectures will examine the accomplishments of five notable women who produced paintings and textile art that were every bit as original as the much-heralded art of their male counterparts. Two of the women were married to painters who led the first modern art movement in America, but Lee Krasner Pollock and Elaine de Kooning were undeterred by their husbands’ celebrity and painted radically innovative work throughout their lives. A third, Frida Kahlo, began her career in the shadow of her famous husband, Diego Rivera, but today may be more widely recognized than he for paintings about her own life and Mexican heritage.

Lecture #2 – Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Lecturer: Ellen Burke

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Portrait Painters – Alchemist of Humanity

“The self, we have it like an albatross around the neck.” ~ Alice Neel

Portrait painter, Alice Neel, was not interested in “a pretty face.” She turned her intense, no-nonsense gaze on her subjects, including herself, depicting the humanity in all of us. She used bold color and line to communicate our frailty, dynamism, intelligence, and passion, creating art that speaks to our soul rather than describing appearances. Join us as we explore some of the most intriguing modern portrait artists, including Robert Henri, Alice Neel, Frida Kahlo, Philip Pearlstein, Larry Rivers, and David Hockney.

ELLEN BURKE is an art educator with 37 years of experience as a studio instructor and fine and performing arts administrator. In addition to teaching in Massachusetts, she was an adjunct instructor in art education at the New Hampshire Art Institute. One of her great passions is engaging students in careful observation, reflection and discussion of works of art. Since moving to Pinehurst three years ago she has presented art appreciation discussions at Hollyhocks Gallery in Pinehurst and teaches small group art lessons to children and adults.

COST (per lecture):  $15 for ACMC & Weymouth Members / $20 for Nonmembers

All Lectures will be presented at Weymouth Center (555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines).

Space is limited. Please register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or by calling 910-692-ARTS (2787).

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