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Persistence of Spirit

January 30 - February 23, 2014 Reception: Thursday, January 30 , 5-7 p.m.

MCLA Gallery 51 invites you to soak in the culture of Haiti and experience the rich paintings of Philippe Dodard, Gontran Durocher and Ronald Mevs of Port au Prince. This exhibition provides viewers with a glimpse of strength, resilience, and vitality of the Haitian people in face of significant economic and social challenges.

All three artists live and work in Haiti. Philippe Dodard's visually commanding work is well-known in the international arts community. Dodard and Durocher live and work in Petionville, Haiti while Mevs is from Jacmel. Curator Guy Michel Telemaque, Visual Arts Faculty and Gordon Gallery Director, for the Boston Arts Academy, says that because artists Dodard, Durocher and Mevs, "were linked in stories of the past, he decided to (in a sense) reunite them through this exhibition of their powerfully moving work. Their forays into contemporary ideas, while maintaining a keen connection with tradition, make for an engag¬ing, multifaceted show.

MCLA Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski, who met and spent with Philippe Dodard along with eight MCLA students when they traveled to Haiti sees "(Dodard's work) pulses back and forth between graphic black and white pattern-like images that conjure up faces, bodies, movement and ones with broad strokes and splashes of the spectacular color and light of the Caribbean--yet also references a history of influences both European and African. I'm looking forward to our students experiencing his and the other artists' works."

This exhibition expands our cultural knowledge of Haiti as well as our understanding.

We hope to see you there.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.
The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and is located at 51 Main St.  North Adams, MA.   For more information, please call (413) 664 8718