Spring Art Exhibition Reception

Italy room with a viewSpring Art Exhibition Reception

Michelle René Cobb:

“The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee presents “The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective” by Michelle René Cobb.

“In my work I seek to see life in a deeper way, to see the invisible qualities, the ever-changing atmosphere, capturing a moment in time. Seeing is something you feel, experience and study, requiring a sustained and persistent focus. Looking and actually seeing are not the same thing. My mentor Edward Loper, Sr. once said, “Seeing is a learned thing. It’s not a natural instinct, and once you’ve learned to see, the world will never look the same to you.”

This is my reality – to bring the viewer into my vision. I don’t focus on the objects or the subjects. My focus is on using small pieces of color, side by side, and using light, to seize a particular moment in time – capturing the atmospheric conditions before me. Once I have completely surrendered to seeing, it is then in that space, that I can create.

This show represents four decades of my life with sustained, persistent focus on seeing and creating art.  I am mostly inspired by nature, whether it’s in the peaceful mountains of Europe, the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard, a remote drumming village in Africa, or the urban beauty of Rock Creek Park. Plein air painting in these beautiful locations is a major part of developing my vision.”

The exhibition opens on February 2, 2017, and will be on display until April 25, 2017.

PRICE: The event is free, but registration is recommended.


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