Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Intercultural Gallery at the University
of North Florida will
hold a grand opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. and will debut
the exhibition “
Remembrance Vanitasand the Holocaust
in the Works of Helene Baker.”
The Lufrano Gallery, made possible by a generous gift from Drs.
Anne and Robert Lufrano, is located on the second floor of the new UNF Student
Union (Building 58E/Rm. 2400). The exhibit is curated by UNF’s
Department of Art and Design
Chair Dr. Debra Murphy and will run until Friday, Oct. 30.
Baker, a Jacksonville artist, was born and
educated in Boston.
An accomplished painter of flowers and fruit, she is drawn to organic imagery
because of its symbolism. The beauty of flowers and fruit also reminds the
viewer of the brevity and ultimate fragility of our existence, according to the
artist. She graduated from UNF in 1983 magna
cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing.
a year-long hospitalization as a child, Baker formed a vivid memory of the
death of two children on her ward. Her early consciousness of death was
heightened later by an increasing awareness of the Holocaust brought on as her
parents realized that most of their family in France
paintings and drawings, in tribute to the Holocaust victims, combine beautiful
still life with subtle imagery of boxcars, confiscated cutlery, eyeglasses and
prayer shawls. The artist says her intent is that viewers will make a spiritual
connection with these lost items and be reminded to halt the genocide still sadly
present in our world.
The Gallery’s mission is to addresses social issues meant to
enlighten and tell a people’s story. Gallery hours are: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Campus parking is $3
and parking passes can be purchased at the St. Johns Bluff/9A and Kernan Boulevard campus entrances.
For more information about the exhibition, call the Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.
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