“The Art of Resilience” Art Exhibit

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Date(s) - Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

ArtSpace Herndon


Herndon, VA – ArtSpace Herndon is proud to exhibit the paintings, prints, and sculpture of Azriel and Irene Awret, holocaust survivors and co-founders of the art colony in Safed, Israel.  The exhibit will be on display April 11, – May 6, 2017 at ArtSpace 750 Center Street Herndon Va 20170. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7-9pm.  This is a unique opportunity to view and purchase this art for the last time in the U.S. as the collection will soon be sent to the Awret gallery reopening in Saved.

These internationally renowned artists moved to Northern Virginia in the 1980’s where they continued creating art which captures the beauty and truth of everyday life.  Turning away from their own harsh experiences, the Awrets teach us, through their art, to be resilient and shake off events which could keep us from achieving a happy and meaningful life.

Azriel, originally from Poland, and Irene, from Germany, met in 1939 at a Nazi internment camp in Mechelen, Belgium.  In 1949 they moved to Israel where they founded the Safed Artist Colony.  After moving to Northern Virginia in the 1980’s they continued to produce some of their best artwork together.  Azriel passed away in 2011 and Irene continued to write and paint unless she passed in 2014.

Azriel’s artwork is in private collections as well as those of the Milwaukee Art Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in Haifa, Israel.  Locally, he has work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, George Mason University in Fairfax, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, along with other locations.

Irene’s artwork is in numerous collections in the United States and abroad including the Mechelen Museum of Deportation, Belgium.  She has also published an autobiography “They Will Have to Catch Me First,” about her time growing up during World War II.

Event Details: On Display April 11, 2017 – May 6, 2017. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7-9 pm. All art will be available for purchase. For more information on the exhibit and artists or to purchase sponsorships please visit our website at ArtSpaceHerndon.com.
Attached Image: “Yeminite Mother” by Irene Awret

Arts Herndon is an independent 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and serves as the official arts agency of the Town of Herndon. We operate ArtSpace Herndon, the Art Gallery and Performance Space at 750 Center Street, Herndon. We also provide arts education, arts scholarships, works of public art and grants to small arts organizations and artists. All Arts Herndon programming and exhibits are made possible in part by generous contributions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Town of Herndon, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Nelson J and Katherine Friant Post Foundation, Steve and Pat Macintyre, and by our generous sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Visit us on the web at www.HerndonArts.org or ArtSpaceHerndon.org.