Gopalan Contemporary Art

November 8th, 2009

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance.
It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
Orison Swett Marden

I'm still waiting for the success part, but as each step is completed, I choose to mark it as a step on the way.
It's been yet another long haul getting the work done and delivered to the exhibition. Teaching five classes, designing new curricula, arranging new courses for spring summer and fall has been very demanding. I am grateful for the support of friends, family and Castleton College in making this exhibit possible.

Gliding across the heartland of America, a LONG ride across country 938 miles each way to deliver work to Gopalan Contemporary in Terre Haute, Indiana has been a reward. The show was very well received with much positive response at the opening.
Terre Haute is full of art! Museums, galleries, public art in surprising and wonderful places. Visiting the college of St. Mary of the Woods was illuminating. Founded by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin an Catholic American saint who educated young women in the early 19th century. So astonishing to imagine the difficulties she and her sister nuns overcame to

bring education to girls in the wilderness.
At one point she was called back to France, a journey which involved stage coaches, ferries, and a perilous journey across the Atlantic. When a storm threatened to sink the ship she prayed to St. Anne and promised to build a chapel for  her in Terre Haute if she lived to return. The resulting chapel is encrusted with shells that form images, and decorative colors. It is dear, artful, original and unique.
What fun to go there!

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2 Responses to “Gopalan Contemporary Art”

  1. Tree says:

    This is great Liza. I'm also an artist and the quote above has really resonated with me along with the beautiful photograph of the Shell Chapel.

  2. Liza Myers says:

    Thanks Tree… It's so important to schedule time to do your own work. All of the parts (fundraising, creation, marketing, business etc.) are important, but if you're not making the art your muse will languish.

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