A Walk in the Sistine Chapel with John Rawlings

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Sunday February 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location
Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Contact: Will Dooley | Lago Rico, Inc
575-744-5567
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In​ ​1508,​ ​Michelangelo​ ​Buonarroti​ ​climbed​ ​onto​ ​a​ ​specially​ ​constructed​ ​scaffold​ ​in​ ​the Vatican’s​ ​Sistine​ ​Chapel​ ​and​ ​began​ ​a​ ​cycle​ ​of​ ​paintings​ ​that​ ​would​ ​change​ ​the  course​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​History.​
​Four​ ​years​ ​later,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​his​ ​titanic​ ​work,​ ​artists  from​ ​all​ ​over​ ​Europe​ ​flocked​ ​to​ ​this​ ​small​ ​chapel,​ ​that​ ​is​ ​hidden​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cluster​ ​of  Vatican​ ​architecture,​ ​to​ ​see​ ​what​ ​he​ ​had​ ​accomplished.   

In​ ​1985,​ ​Art​ ​Professor​ ​John​ ​Rawlings​ ​was​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​the​ ​day​ ​on​ ​another  scaffold​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Sistine​ ​ceiling​ ​to​ ​view​ ​the​ ​ongoing​ ​restoration.    “I​ ​climbed​ ​the​ ​ladder​ ​high​ ​into​ ​the​ ​ceiling​ ​above​ ​and​ ​entered​ ​a​ ​new​ ​world…actually​ ​a  universe…The​ ​work​ ​seen​ ​from​ ​60​ ​feet​ ​below​ ​is​ ​so​ ​powerful​ ​that​ ​many​ ​who  experience​ ​it​ ​are​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​tears…from​ ​2​ ​feet​ ​away​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​like​ ​the​ ​skin​ ​was​ ​being  peeled​ ​from​ ​my​ ​face….”    Come​ ​and​ ​spend​ ​an​ ​hour​ ​with​ ​John​ ​as​ ​he​ ​explains​ ​and​ ​unfolds​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​and  images​ ​of​ ​this​ ​amazing​ ​work.

John and Souheir Rawlings are the Directors of the Elephant Butte Lake Artists Retreat held annually in January and February at the Damsite Historic District. This world renowned retreat hosts several amazing artists for 30 day intensive residencies at Sierra County’s Favorite Historic Site. Each 30 day residency will host a show at Rio Bravo. The dates of the shows coincide with the January and February Art walks on January 13 and February 10.

London-born​ ​and​ ​Australian-raised,​ ​John​ ​Rawlings​ ​is​ ​a​ ​MFA​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Guanajuato​ ​in San​ ​Miguel​ ​de​ ​Allende​ ​in​ ​Mexico.​ ​​ ​John​ ​was​ ​named​ ​the​ ​2014​ ​Association​ ​of​ ​Community​ ​College​ ​Trustees (ACCT)​ ​Faculty​ ​Member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​for​ ​the​ ​association’s​ ​North​ ​American​ ​Western​ ​Region​ ​and​ ​accepted the​ ​award​ ​at​ ​the​ ​ACCT​ ​Leadership​ ​Congress​ ​in​ ​Chicago.​ ​John​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​only​ ​five​ ​Professors recognized​ ​with​ ​the​ ​award​ ​from​ ​more​ ​than​ ​1,200​ ​colleges​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​and​ ​Canada.​ ​​

​He​ ​retired from​ ​a​ ​35​ ​year​ ​career​ ​as​ ​an​ ​Art​ ​Professor​ ​and​ ​with​ ​his​ ​wife​ art educator, ​Souheir Rawlings,​ ​created​ ​the​ ​company​ ​”Art&Soul”. They​ ​teach​ ​workshops,​ ​and​ ​direct​ ​Artist​ ​Residencies​ ​and​ ​Retreats​ ​all over the world.​ ​To​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about John,​ ​go​ ​to​ ​​www.johnrawlings.com​.​​ ​​ ​Info​ ​about​ ​Art&Soul,​ ​visit:​ ​​ ​​www.artandsoulinternational.com

Cost: $7/$5 for Sierra County Arts Council Members
A Walk in the Sistine Chapel with John Rawlings