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Disdain|Desire Opens at Convergence | News Release | The Gallery at Convergence

The Gallery at Convergence Presents
An exhibit of work from the new illustrated Gospel series by Anita Breitenberg
Exhibit: July 21 – October 8, 2017
Reception and Book Signing: Sunday, Sept 17, 2017  5:00 – 7:00 PM
Alexandria, VA – (JULY 2017) Convergence offers a dynamic invitation to challenge perspectives on art and faith in Disdain|Desirea mind-expanding second look into a book many people think they know – the Bible. Large scale images of Anita Breitenberg’s new illustrated Gospel series will be on display in the Gallery at Convergence July 21 – October 8, 2017 with a reception and book signing on September 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The vivid and often incongruous images of MARK THIS!, WAY BACK!, HEAL ME!, and FACE IT! (Mark, Matthew, Luke and John) are composites of the old and new, the broken and whole, the destroyed and restored; a juxtaposition of the diminished and disdained with the delighted and desired.

Luke 10:1-12, HEAL ME!, Anita Breitenberg

For the past four decades, Anita Breitenberg has illustrated verses of Scripture and sought to broaden the appeal of contemporary Christian art to a wider and diversified audience by presenting it in a radically provocative manner.  While serving with the UN in Bosnia in the mid-nineties, Ms. Breitenberg developed a concern for individuals from different cultures, and sought to find an artistic style to convey her spiritual journey to an audience with limited exposure to contemporary Christian images. The form of a mandala, representing the universe, was chosen as an appropriate structure for spiritual contemplation for a new audience. As a result, the works give an appearance of dream interpretations while stylistically incorporating kaleidoscopes and stained glass windows, respectively representing change and holiness. Anita Breitenberg’s works have been exhibited in The Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan, Yale University and the Washington National Cathedral, and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas and Catholic University. Her art was reviewed in the New York Times and appeared on the cover of Commonweal Magazine.
Exhibit Location: The Gallery @ Convergence
1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22302. Ph: 703-998-6260

Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10am to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm and by appointment. (703-998-6260).
Reception and Book Signing: September 17, 2017 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

About the Convergence Arts Initiative:
Convergence has earned a reputation in Alexandria for thoughtful, high quality art exhibits that address larger social and spiritual issues like Violent Grace by painter, Edward Knippers and Witnessing Worship from photographer, Nina Tisara. 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. Convergence is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for more information: www.ourconvergence.org.

Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more information on the latest news & blogs from artists and people in our community, the arts initiative, exhibits, performances and services.

Mark 14: 12-26, MARK THIS!, Anita Breitenberg

Mark 7:24-30, MARK THIS!, Anita Breitenberg

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