A traveling exhibition featuring modern interpretations of fairy tales is enjoying its debut at The University of Findlay’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.
Titled “The Enchanted Brush: Classic Fairy Tales Interpreted by Modern Masters,” the collection includes 14 striking works by 10 artists. Made from different media, the pieces pay respect to such tales as “Pocahontas,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.” Artist Aaron Miller’s light-infused “Rapunzel” has a glowing, ethereal quality. Chris Seaman’s stained glass and character depictions in “Sanctuary” are breathtakingly detailed. Elizabeth Martin’s tiny hats elicit smiles.
“As children, fairy tales introduced us to faraway lands, dastardly villains and a host of unforgettable artistic images,” explained Dan Chudzinski, artist and exhibit founder. “For many of us, these stories served as our earliest sources of inspiration and a catalyst for creative expression. ‘The Enchanted Brush’ exhibition features the original works of ten renowned artists who have been asked to interpret their favorite fairy tale characters in their own unique styles.
“I can think of no venue more suitable than the Mazza Museum from which to debut this magical exhibition,” said Chudzinski. “It is my pleasure, on behalf of the artists, to invite you to join us in revisiting your favorite fairy tales, one masterpiece at a time, for an exhibition that will continue to inspire its viewers long after ‘Ever After.’”
For this show, which runs through July 31, the Lea Gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to all.