RRUUC supports art as an important component of the life of members, friends, and the broader local community. Art is an expression of the human spirit. Art often touches viewers in a deep and significant way and can provide experience of mystery and wonder, which is one source of insight for Unitarian Universalists.

The Fine Arts Committee organizes art exhibits at RRUUC for the benefit of area artists and the appreciation of those using the Fellowship Hall. Most art at these exhibits is for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to RRUUC.  Click here for instructions for artists on how to apply to use our space.

 

Border Series #9, Seeking Asylum

Agents of Change

Richard Levine, Artist

November 8-December 16

Reception for the Artist:
Sunday, November 10, 3-5pm

Artist’s Statement
When planning began two years ago for my second show at River Road my thoughts were to have an exhibit of abstract paintings with an environmental theme depicting the transforming effects of water, or lack of, on geography and culture.  In the intervening period not only has dramatic climate change become more apparent but the tragic consequences of our immoral immigration policies call for me to respond as an artist.  Both climate and immigration are inextricably linked;  Central Americans emigrating northward are being driven not just by poverty and crime, but also by the harsh effects drought is having on agriculture.

This exhibit includes portraits, derived from newspaper photographs, of people at the border seeking asylum or attempting to locate missing, separated children and abstract portraits of environmental impact on land.

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About the Artist

Richard Levine, born in Newark, NJ is a painter and photographer whose professional career has spanned more than 30 years in the graphic arts working for prominent design firms and corporate clients.  A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., he later studied oil painting for four years with artists Alan Turner and Andrew Lattimore and photography with Gary Winogrand. Additional studies were at Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts, NYC. Extensive travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia have formed the foundation for his personal work. Photo documentary work has included the Darfur refugee camps in Eastern Chad for the International Medical Corps and childhood health conditions in the Mississippi Delta with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Richard has exhibited widely on the East Coast from Virginia to Maine in both solo and group shows. He is a 2017/18 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.  He won 2nd prize in the 2016 Bethesda Painting Awards. Levine was awarded a NY State Certificate of Merit for his exhibit: India, A Traveler’s Reflections. In Sept., 2016 he was featured cover artist for the Journal of Financial Service Professionals. His documentary work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York.  He currently teaches painting at the Falls Church Art Space.

Please note:  In addition to 20% of all proceeds donated to River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, another 20% of sales of “Migration Series” paintings will be donated to Human Rights First, an independent advocacy and action organization based in New York, Washington DC, Houston, and Los Angeles and targeted specifically to Central Americans emigrating from the Northern Triangle countries.