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Anne Connell, Cherrylet, 2011. Silverpoint on oil on panel. 8 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

    Anne Connell, Cherrylet, 2011.
    Silverpoint on oil on panel. 8 x 8 inches.
    Image courtesy Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Opening October 21st:
The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by ANNE CONNELL

The brilliant work of artist Anne Connell will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center, opening October 21.

A public Opening Reception will be held Thursday October 20 from 6-8pm. All are invited to join gallery staff for a first glimpse at this exciting exhbition, with drinks and light refreshements and live music by Joe Deleault. The artist will be in attendance.

The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell, on view October 21-December 10, 2016, will feature a selection of 24 paintings and works on paper by the Portland, Oregon-based painter Anne Connell. A consummate contemporary master, Connell utilizes a variety of methods and media to create intimately scaled and carefully conceived works, often incorporating techniques associated with Renaissance masters – including finely-wrought silverpoint drawing and the delicate application of gold leaf.

Anne Connell Variety and Glow
    Anne Connell, Variety & Glow, 2010-2013.
    Oil and silverpoint on panel. 10.5 x 10.5 inches.
    Image courtesy Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Though her paintings make allusion to specific motifs and imagery drawn from the Italian Renaissance, in her skillful hands these symbols are transmuted and recontextualized, presented as surreal views into a fictional world full of wit and mystery.  

The notion for the exhibition title "the Silent Heart" is rooted in monastic tradition, referring to the preeminently quiet interiority one must embrace to readily contemplate meaning. Anne Connell's glowing, dream-like compositions are remarkable for their rare ability to capture the mind and still the heart.

The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell marks the Chapel Art Center's first international loan exhibition, and the first major exhibition to take place since the gallery's reopening after a year-long renovation. The exhibition was conceived and presented in collaboration with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art of London, known internationally as foremost among dealers of Master Drawings. Paintings in the exhibition are on loan from several private collections in the United Kingdom and the United States.

An Artist Talk is scheduled for Friday October 21st at 12:30pm. Anne Connell will meet visitors and speak about her work and her artistic practice. A light reception will follow.

In addition, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of public gallery talks, concerts, and lectures in conjunction with the exhibition. For a full listing of these events, please consult our Events and Programs page. 

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