|Laurie Beth Zuckerman's Madre Dolorosa: Spanish Veil graphite drawings|
Artist Laurie Beth Zuckerman was invited by Artworks Loveland to exhibit her new drawings in their Ancestors and Heritage: Resonations of Día de Los Muertos exhibition, which opened November 13 in Northern Colorado. My large drawings from the "Madre Dolorosa: Spanish Veil" series are on exhibit in the south gallery through December 4, with an artists' reception to be held on from 6:30-8:30 pm.
The announcement and gallery website feature one of my three 22"x30" graphite pencil drawings on paper. Thank you, Angela Canada Hopkins, director of Artworks Loveland, for curating this exhibit timed to coordinate with their book signing event by Cristo, the world famous environmental installation artist on November 12, in conjunction with his solo exhibit at the Loveland Museum Gallery and his lecture at the Rialto Theatre.
My exhibit statement reads:
Laurie Beth Zuckerman's intricate graphite drawings on paper describe her treasured cast-iron Madonna, drawn from the still-life. Laurie seeks to capture the quiet grief of La Madre Dolorosa–the Mother of Sorrows. The antique Spanish mourning veil references the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, known as "The Spanish Lady." My grandmother lost her only daughter, six-year-old Elizabeth Zuckerman to this deadly disease, and never fully recovered from her grief. Elizabeth's spectre has haunted the family ever since.
Last fall I featured this Madonna bust in my altar installation, Madre Dolorosa: The Spanish Lady, at my Memory: Loss and Found exhibit at the Boulder Dairy Center for the Arts. She was also the figurehead of my earlier Madre Dolorosa installation at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center honoring my grandmother, Sarah Melnick Zuckerman.
The Ancestors and Heritage exhibition includes works by 14 artists who each have private studios at Artworks Loveland exciting new complex of workspaces and galleries in Historic Downtown Loveland.
Artworks Loveland is located at 310 N. Railroad Avenue, Loveland, Colorado, 970-663-5555.
More information about the exhibit times can be found at: artworksloveland.org