Published on May 18th, 2016 |0
Dancer, artist Lee Harper to host ‘Out of the Ashes’ show May 19-20
When Harper paints, she seeks to create an emotional connection between herself and those who view or purchase her paintings.
However, the works in her new gallery show, “Out of the Ashes”, also represent a deep emotional connection she has with the members of the Madison, Ga. Fire Department, without whom the art show and sale would not be possible. They rescued the paintings from destruction in December.
The paintings were stored in an historic Vason Building she and her husband own in Madison, Ga. The building caught fire in late December and was severely damaged, but members of the volunteer fire department saved all of her paintings. She is going to donate a portion of the proceeds to the fire department in gratitude.
“Just before Christmas, my husband and I received a late night phone call alerting us that the structure was on fire,” Harper recounted. “We got there as fast as we could, and I feared the worst for my paintings, which had been created over a period of several years.”
When they arrived at the scene, Harper recalled, “I was overjoyed to discover that the members of the town’s volunteer fire department had first protected my paintings with plastic coverings to shield them from water, and then safely removed them from the building.”
She thought showing all of the pieces together “would be the best way to convey the scope of the work they saved, and by selling the paintings, along with some of my more recent art, I could make a financial donation to the fire department to show my appreciation.”
More than 40 fine arts paintings and photographs were saved from the fire. Some were treated for smoke damage, but none of them were ruined. They include landscapes, figures, still lifes and abstracts, painted with bold, vivid colors in oils and acrylics.
The art show will also feature a number of Harper’s newest works. The works may also be viewed by appointment through Aug. 1 by calling (404) 368-4900.
Harper is well-known as a dancer, choreographer and founder/director of the Atlanta dance company and school, Lee Harper & Dancers. For more information about Harper and her art, click here.