Monday, November 22, 2010
From the time that I completed the above painting of Chris O'Neil he has been re-deployed and flown several missions in Afghanistan. Here he is viewing his portrait for the first time.
Here I am talking about the Portraits of American Veterans Project. I was so encouraged by the number of people who attended the event on a cold and damp Sunday in November. Thanks everyone for being there.
One of the oldest Veterans in the Portrait of American Veterans Project is WWII Veteran De Yip G. Louie seated with his daughter Frances Mai Ling.
Allen Jakes is viewing his completed portrait for the first time. Allen is a Vietnam Veteran whose service involved managing a clinic and caring for the wounded. His caring spirit can be seen in the gesture of holding his memory album from Vietnam.
This is Wendy Manning standing next to the portrait of her daughter Capt. Dana Mayer. Dana could not attend the reception, she just returned from her third deployment. She is a transport nurse whose recent tour of duty was in Afghanistan.
Bill Crist is viewing his portrait for the first time. He is a combat veteran who served in Vietnam.
The panoramic photos were taken by Chris O'Neil, one of the Veterans that I painted. Thanks Chris, you are a gentleman and a hero. All of the profiles posted by the paintings are by Frances Mai Ling, who also provided the beautiful piano music and vocals for the reception.
I wanted to share some of the photos that my husband Keith took at the November 21 Artist Talk and Studio Tour. There are quite a few shots so I will post a slide show soon so you can get a sense of the scope of the exhibit and the number of lives that it has touched. I am very honored that I have been able to meet and get to know all of these fine people in the portraits. Through this project I have found a spiritual healing that we all have shared. I am eternally grateful for the gifts that I have received through my art and the many individuals that have supported me on my journey to create a visual record of the Americans that I truly honor and respect for their service to our country. Thank you.
PEACE THROUGH ART
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Artist Talk and Studio Tour Planned as Recap for "Portraits of American Veterans:A Continuing Dialogue"
When: Sunday November 21, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: November 3- 24, 2010
Where: Sage Gallery and Dole Mansion Gallery
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am. – 4:00 pm. Info: 815.455.8000
Details:The public is invited to an afternoon of art and discussions with the artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner as she presents insightful views on her groundbreaking Portraits of American Veterans Project. Visitors are invited to an open and lively discussion with the Artist, about her artwork and process. The exhibit is in honor of Veterans Day, and based on on her belief that Ms. we should honor Veterans every day in addition to Veterans Day. Veterans who are represented in the paintings will be on hand to share their stories. After the presentation join Ms. Hill-Soldner in her studio located on the garden level of the Lakeside Legacy Creative Arts Center. Here she will share her painting process and engage visitors in the world of the authentic artist studio. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
The reception on November 5 for my show was an event to remember. Frances Mai Ling and Kit Valentine added a beautiful ambiance to the evening with their piano and vocal performances. The food and wine kept everyone happy and chatty and I am looking forward to moving this exhibit to many more venues.
Above are a few shots that I was able to capture at the end of the evening as many of the guests had already left and the attending Veterans who are represented in the paintings had a chance to pose for pictures. My friend and professional photographer Robin Pendergrast took some nice shots and I will post those when I receive them. I would love for everyone to see this show!