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Hope and Healing Through Art: Jill Steenhuis Artist Talk at Church Health
April 26 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
France-based artist Jill Steenhuis and her sculptor son Sergio Ruffato will be exhibiting their art in a two-day show and sale, April 25-26, at Memphis’ Church Health space in Crosstown Concourse. Steenhuis will share her message of hope and healing through art in an Artist’s Talk on Friday, April 26, at 11:30 am in Church Health’s Welcome Center, 1350 Concourse Ave. Ste. 142.
The Atlanta-born artist, who has lived and painted in Provence for over three decades, will contribute a percentage of the proceeds of the sale to Church Health.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steenhuis, an expert on Cezanne and Van Gogh, has frequently walked in the footsteps of these two great artists, painting as they did, en plein air, at many of the same sites they immortalized on their canvases.
“Through his painting, Vincent Van Gogh sought not only to create, but to bring a message of hope for those who suffer,” explains Steenhuis. “He wrote to his brother Theo that he wanted his art to be ‘something comforting, in the same way that music is comforting.’”
Jill firmly believes that the creative process, with its elements of mystery and magic, combined with hard work and perseverance, contributes to peace and healing. “Like Van Gogh, I hope that by viewing my work, someone could experience a moment of solace, a moment of serenity that could override, even if only briefly, pain or suffering.”
All of the colors and scents of Provence are expressed in Jill’s vibrant artwork, from oils representing the Good Samaritan, to her shepherd keeping his flock, and the sun setting in the oil trees.
After earning a BFA in studio art from Sweet Briar College, Steenhuis came to France to attend the Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing. In the 1980’s and 90’s she was one of the rare artists to have a painting studio at the Chateau Noir where Cézanne worked from 1865-1898. Over the years, Jill’s work has earned numerous prestigious prizes and her artwork is part of the permanent collections of several museums and important private collections throughout America.
Jill’s works will be accompanied by the work of sculptor Sergio Ruffato. His “Metal Drawings”, interpretations of gestural sketches, are whimsically rendered in shimmering, moving metal sculptures. Since graduating from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Georgia in 2012, Sergio has forged his career as a sculptor, winning recognition, exhibiting widely in the US and France. Recently, he was commissioned by the city of Marseille to create a monumental sculpture in brass, representing an amphora in the image of those brought here by the ancient Greeks when they founded this Mediterranean port city 600 years before the birth of Christ.