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Ellen Holtzblatt: From Birth to Memory opened on November 21 to an excellent turnout, including a large group of anthropology students from Heidelberg University in Ohio.
As part of her artist’s talk, Holtzblatt walked visitors from painting to painting. She shared how the works were affected by her most inmate memories, including travels to rural Scotland, the death of her father, and her withdrawal and return to art-making.
One of the highlighted paintings was Holtzblatt’s self portrait I Have Let You See It With Your Own Eyes, a transitional piece that led the artist from her ancestral-focused Yizkor series to her nature-rich, escapist Morning paintings. Gallery director Josef Glimer likens the piece and Holtzblatt’s subsequent landscapes to works from the 19th-century Barbizon school, a pre-Impressionist movement in which painters fled bustling Paris life and Neoclassical aesthetics to draw inspiration from nature in the French countryside.
View the reception’s Facebook album here. We look forward to many new visitors to the exhibit before we close for the holidays on December 23!