#IBelieveInThePowerOfArt


Gwendolyn Glover Starks, President, Friends of African American Arts, Telfair Museums
Gwendolyn Glover Starks, President, Friends of African American Arts, Telfair Museums

In 2015, the Jepson Center presented an exhibition of the paintings of Sir Winston Churchill. During the 1930’s, Churchill went into a long political exile, following his resignation from government after the disaster of Gallipoli in 1915, and though he’d fought in wars, political and otherwise, this setback brought him to what, I think, was a turning point in his life: “to be or not to be?” Yet, over a period of forty-eight years his creativity yielded more than 500 pictures.

Encouraged by a friend, Churchill took up oil painting. As the Jepson exhibit displayed, he becomes quite a student of color and of how light played on the landscape. In one particular painting, when you see it, it glistens in the light and you feel as if you are standing in front of it, right there in Marrakech, Morocco.

He painted this after his historic

Sir Winston S. Churchill The Tower of Katoubia Mosque, 1943 Oil on Canvas 20 x 24 in Collection of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie © Churchill Heritage Ltd
Sir Winston S. Churchill The Tower of Katoubia Mosque, 1943 Oil on Canvas 20 x 24 in Collection of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie © Churchill Heritage Ltd
meeting with President Roosevelt to implore America to join Britain against Nazi Germany. It is said that had it not been for him acquiring such a great love of painting, that Churchill might never have been pulled back from the brink of his despair. Perhaps he wouldn’t have become Britain’s Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured

Vanessa L. German, born 1976 Artist Considers the 21st Century Implications of Psychosis as Public Health Crisis or, Critical/Comedic Analysis into the Pathophysiology of Psychosis, 2014.

I believe in the power of art. On March 31, 2016. Citizen Artist Vanessa German, of Homewood, PA, gave a presentation on her work, as part of the current exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

If you missed her, you can watch this: https:// youtu.be/TNNwJOuh3Z4

In her theme, “i. believe.in.the.power.of.art”, she became the vehicle to show us the

Mixed media assemblage 40 × 55 × 26 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR Photo: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Edward C. Robison III
Mixed media assemblage 40 × 55 × 26 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR Photo: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Edward C. Robison III
way that has the power to heal; that we are not just to be viewers only, but healers. Through our hands, we all have the power of art to heal, to love, to bring forth miracles, to save all the children, and the grandparents—ourselves. Prime Minister Churchill said when he met FDR for the first time, “Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.” Meeting Ms. German was the same for me. Life, Love, Art and work will never be quite the same again. I believe in the power of art – do you?

Friends of African American Arts will host an event at the Owens-Thomas House, Tues., May 3, 5-7 PM. There will be a short talk and interpreters will give tours every 30 minutes with time for Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. Register at telfair.org/faa


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