Gratitude & Solace
Date(s) - Sat, March 6, 2021 - Thu, March 18, 2021
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
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Exhibition of work by Laurie Simko
After receiving her personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 surge last spring, Laurie’s daughter Shevaun Assini, who is a nurse, sent her mother a selfie. She was inspired to paint the striking image of a frontline worker in the war against COVID-19. She went on to paint nineteen more portraits of her daughter’s coworkers, all nighttime COVID-19 nurses at a small community hospital. “I felt it was important to honor them, show gratitude and chronicle this time in our history,” said Simko. Exhibiting their faces and sharing their stories is a way to affirm their struggles and recognize their humanity. Each painting will be displayed with a brief story next to it.
Simko recently received a Juror’s Prize from Concord Art for two of the portraits in the Heroes series that were exhibited there.
She has also added to her nature-inspired series, Lush Life, which she’s worked on over the past twelve years. She explains, “I’ve always found that observing and drawing from nature brings me solace, meaning and purpose.” Both bodies of work will be exhibited at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios this spring.
Image: “Thank You Shevaun,” oil on canvas