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Cerulean Gallery’s “Stories Told” Exhibition Benefits the                            Dallas-Haiti Project

 

Dallas, August 29, 2006 — Cerulean Gallery is proud to announce its next exhibition “Stories Told” which will run September 22 through October 30. The exhibition will benefit the Dallas-Haiti Project (DHP), a not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the health, education and well-being of women and children in poor communities.

“Philanthropy is a key element of Cerulean Gallery’s purpose and mission,” said Caroline Crockett Pickton, owner of Cerulean Gallery. “This exhibition is focused on raising money and awareness for the Dallas-Haiti Project.  It will convey a positive message that is a constant theme in every exhibition.”

The artists’ reception will be Friday, September 22, 2006 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Exhibiting artists will include:

 

o        Libby Beall Goff, Dallas (University Park)

o        Cynthia Collins, Dallas (University Park)

o        Betsy Keith, Dallas (University Park)

o        Liz London, McKinney, TX

o        Burton Chenet, Haiti

 

Libby Beall Goff has more than 20 years experience in traditional black and white photography.  Her work has been published in magazines (most recent in the New England Journal of Medicine Spring, 2006), coffee table books, music videos, and documentary films. Goff focuses on “lifestyle” photography that captures a variety of emotions from the innocence of a child to the power of nature. Her images range from the Lower 9th ward in New Orleans to Haiti, European culture to Southwest landscapes. Her works resonate with the viewer, inspiring each individual to connect an image with a “story” from his or her own life.  Cerulean Gallery’s “Stories Told” exhibit embodies this theme.  Goff features Giclée printing, high resolution prints on archival quality paper, hand-tinting, hand-painting, and hand-sketching with charcoal and ink combines a refreshing mix of everyday humor, societal reflection and spiritual hope. “My photographs each tell a story that gently urge viewers to reflect on their values, their beliefs and their passions, to see the world for what it is, while also hoping for what it will become,” said Goff. 

 

Cynthia Collins is an established Dallas artist and interior designer.  She has had her own firm, Collins Interiors, for 14 years, which she began after receiving her degree in Art History from the University of Texas.  Most of Collins’ work is residential, and she specializes in painting with a contemporary style.  She travels to England and France three times a year to buy antiques for clients, which allows her to continuously refresh her creativity with each house, which is reflected in her artwork.

 

Up-and-coming artist, Besty Keith, is a painter whose style is drawn to florals and still lifes.  She continues to study and focus on pastels, although she periodically paints in oils.  Keith selects her objects by constantly watching as life goes on around her, taking note of the beauty of the moment.  “The business of life is all background noise now, compared to the beauty of what the Lord is revealing to me daily through my art.” said Keith. 

 

Liz London’s artwork explores the realms and depths of what she feels is a personal transformation, continuing this enigma throughout her life documented by using items that are identified by symbolism and layered abstractions. Each of her pieces uses a combination of mediums and symbolism to tell a story.  “The art I create is not meant to be literally narrative but may be left open to individual's interpretation and hopefully self discovery and connect at some level or identify some of their personal symbols, memories or dreams,” said London.

 

Burton Chenet is the product of two cultures. He studied Fine Arts in the United States and now lives in Haiti. His aesthetic curiosity has kept him in touch with the different schools in the country and has led him to reflect upon their many similarities and differences, mainly differences due to the very rich contribution of so many cultures. He knows no duality: he advances quietly, to explore the immense resources and artistic wealth of his native land. His work attracts, intrigues and raises thoughts and interrogations, while expecting the visitors to find for themselves the keys to open the doors of his artistic universe

 

About the Dallas-Haiti Project                                                                                                         The Dallas Haiti Project (DHP) focuses on Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and also has projects in the U.S. The current goal of the organization is to increase micro-enterprise programs, which provide jobs for women. DHP hopes to help people by empowering them with the tools to support themselves and their families. The group has funded teacher training and salaries in Haiti and has employed women to create gifts for school children. Partnerships between Dallas organizations – schools, churches, businesses – and schools in Haiti benefit Dallasites by providing education and perspective about their friends in Haiti. The Dallas-Haiti Project hopes that its efforts will improve the well-being of people in Haiti, the U.S., and other communities around the world. 

The Dallas-Haiti Project relies solely on donations. Generosity and support is greatly appreciated.  Checks may be made payable to:

Dallas-Haiti Project

Laurie States

6259 Kenwood

Dallas, TX  75214

 

About Cerulean Gallery  

Cerulean Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the heart of the Park Cities where shoppers, students, and diners are provided an inviting place to enjoy art and social activities amongst a relaxing environment.  Cerulean Gallery was founded in 2006 by Caroline Crockett Pickton, who graduated with a degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University.  The gallery features the work of established and emerging artists, along with Pickton’s own artwork and commissions. In addition to featuring 12 annual exhibitions, Cerulean Gallery focuses on benefiting the community through ongoing support of SMU and area high school art students in addition to work with local philanthropies. Additional information can be found at www.theceruleangallery.com. 

 

Cerulean Gallery is located at 6609-A Hillcrest in Snider Plaza.  Hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  Please call 214.739.BLUE (2583) for additional details, or visit www.theceruleangallery.com

 

 

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