Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museumcelebrates a re-examination of the Haggin Collection. For this exhibition, members of American Women Artists (AWA) were asked to create artwork that was inspired by a selection of 11 paintings from the Haggin Museum’s 19th – 20th-century art collection including works by William Merritt Chase, Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other notable artists. AWA artists have taken their inspiration from the work of art, the artist’s greater body of work, or the theme of the painting. This juried exhibition will include nearly 100 pieces of artwork that ranges from paintings to sculptures.
Opening Reception | Thursday, August 2nd, 6 - 8 pm
5:30 pm ∙ Awards Ceremony
6 - 8 pm ∙ Reception
Join us for an opening reception for FULL SUN. Enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments as you talk with the artists about their inspirations for the show.
Taking on the challenge
WATROUS’ PAINTING, SOPHISTICATION intrigued me immediately. I was attracted to the imagery, the elegant simplicity, and a suggestion that this artist had a warm and mischievous sense of humor. A sense of play is evident in his work between 1905 and 1918, featuring attractive women in whimsical and sometimes solemn situations. Looking back, he even appears to be ahead of his time. Particularly, I enjoy his manner of delivering all the clues while still leaving the narrative open and allowing us to become co-creators with him. In response, I painted Just a Game of Cards (alternatively titled, Two of Cups), inspired by his paintings Sophistication (1908), Just a Couple of Girls (1915), and The Magician (1900). I endeavored to reflect the feeling of a woman turned away in profile, like Watrous’ women, accentuating elegant lines while inviting us to observe and question her. The playing cards suggest that a game has begun. The second avenue for discovery is her relationship to the suit of Cups and acknowledging the element of water and its gifts. In discovering the narrative, I empathize with her, holding a lotus, and inhabiting possibilities. The inclusion of the partially open blue lotus is another clue. A child of water and earth, able to rise upon a long elegant neck bearing a crown of wisdom and grace. She is a young player of Cups as a set of glasses sit nearby. She is about to realize that all the clues she will ever need are surrounding her.