Women of the World
Friday, March 7, 2015 – Friday, September 26, 2015
“Women of the World,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Rebekah Merlino. This series represents “women and their cultures in modern times from all over the world.” Rebekah Merlino is a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. “The experience opened my eyes to how some women outside the US live,” says Ms. Merlino. “I began the series with the story of Afghani women and continued with other cultures.”
Every detail of Rebekah Merlino’s figurative paintings is carefully chosen, utilizing symbolism from art history and everyday icons that are easily recognized and understood. “Art making” helps Rebekah navigate the social world around her. She hopes one day to teach art as a way to share what creative expression has done for her and to encourage others on their own paths of exploration. She envisions the art classroom as a place to escape the frenzies of the world and discover the beauty and importance of visual art in modern life.