Various Small Fires Exhibit and Opening Reception | News Release | Convergence

1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302
Ph: 703.998.6260
Exhibit: November 4 – December 17, 2016
Reception and Artist’s Talk: Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Alexandria, VA – (NOVEMBER 2016) Among the curiosities compiled for Various Small Fires is an invitation to switch the heads of a ghoulish ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ doll; a vintage enticement to literally bottle up your feelings and the opportunity to read an actual instructional manual on exorcisms.

In Various Small Fires, artist, Isabel Cureux explores her own experiences with mental illness, divorce, “bi-raciality’ and religion. Her hope is to garner a feeling of solidarity with others who have experienced these things, and present a new way to understand them for those who have not. The opening reception will be held Friday, November 18th from 7:00-9:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Convergence Arts Initiative, Various Small Fires is a site-specific installation and exhibit by Isabel Cureux. Various Small Fires explores how each small event in our lives creates who we are.

Isabel Cureux is the most recent recipient of the CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) micro-grant partnership between the Torpedo Factory Arts Center and the Convergence Arts Initiative. She was recently invited to be a guest artist in the Special Projects Studio at the Torpedo Factory as part of her community based art project, ‘The Silent World.’

Visit the ‘Various Small Fires’ exhibit page here…


A mixed-media sculptor and painter, Isabel Cureux creates an experience for each viewer through manipulation of senses and environment. Her art challenges the audience to see their own experiences through the filter of each piece and begs the question “what happened here?”

Isabel studied various art mediums at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and at Wells College in Paris, France. Isabel’s art has been displayed at the Special Collections Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been featured at multiple shows in Paris, France, as well as in the US. She most recently curated Unburied: The Secrets We Keep and the community art project The Silent World at Convergence in Alexandria, VA. When she is not creating art, she spends her time accumulating new experiences by reading, exploring nature, and asking her dog to answer life’s toughest questions.
For more information email: isabelcureux@gmail.com or visit www.isabelcureux.com

Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by appointment. 703-998-6260 or danabh@ourconvergence.org.

Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00-9:00 PM. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

About Convergence:

The Gallery at Convergence holds regular exhibits by professional and emerging artists on themes of spiritual and cultural engagement as well as youth shows and open calls around a theme. Events are held surrounding exhibits to promote community dialogue.

The Convergence Arts Initiative is a creative community of people valuing the arts, spirituality, diversity and exploration. We believe that imagination and creativity are spiritual matters and that their cultivation is essential to the human experience. While the Church at Convergence is a Christian church, we invite and welcome all people to participate and take advantage of our spaces and programs designed to inspire, restore and catalyze our creative and spiritual lives. Our slogan is “Creating Better Together” because we honestly do believe we create better when we are working together in a diverse community of perspectives and backgrounds. And, together we can create better in our world. Convergence is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for more information about how we can work with you: www.ourconvergence.org

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