Date(s) - Sunday February 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences
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