Multimedia Performance Kicks Off Summer Fine Art Programs at Batavia Public Library
The Batavia Public Library will present three fine art programs in July in
conjunction with the Batavia’s Art in Your Eye Fine Arts Festival, August 4–5.
“Tragedy to Triumph: The Story of Artemisia” will be presented at 7 p.m., July 16, at the
Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.
This unique program is a multimedia presentation by singer-songwriter Linda M.
Smith. Smith will perform songs from her third album, Artemisia (2006), while images of paintings by 17th century Artemisia
Gentileschi are displayed on screen.
Gentileschi was one of the first women artists to achieve recognition in the male-dominated
world of post-Renaissance art. A victim of assault, she painted many pictures
of strong and suffering women from myth and the Bible – victims, suicides, and
warriors. Later she became a successful court painter in Florence, enjoying the
patronage of the Medici family and Charles I.
“The Paintings of Michelangelo” will be presented by art historian Jeff Mishur, at 7
p.m., July 23.
Mishur’s slide lecture will highlight Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and other
paintings including Temptation of St.
Anthony and Holy Family. He will
also discuss Michelangelo’s painting process and his patrons.
Bringing art closer to home, award-winning Batavia artist Rosalie Vass will demonstrate
her own painting techniques at 7 p.m., July 31. Vass’ colorful and whimsical
paintings reflect her childhood adventures of growing up in a small town in
Wisconsin, as well as her world travels. Her distinctive technique of layering
paint gives her paintings a unique look with marvelous color.
All of the programs are free. Registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org
or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.