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Alphabet of Art

An international exhibit

Featuring work by 34 artists from 7 different countries
and 20 cities, Alphabet of Art is more than an exhibition
of fine and innovative modern art—it takes the viewer
to a new level of consciousness in its examination of
the visual importance of letters, numbers, and music,
integrating them with other images, creating works
where different ideas, principles and approaches to art
meet.

A truly international exhibit about building global understanding and peaceful communication, Alphabet of Art attempts to identify the motives which compel artists to go beyond traditional boundaries. This exhibition has garnered international attention, traveling to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia and a copy is presently touring Australia.  It opened last year in Philadelphia and now is here in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The most interesting things appear at the intersection of genres, the most dynamic systems are balanced at the edge of dissolution and stagnation, the best books tell of a miracle. The language of words, sounds, outlines, colors, intimations, mysteries pulls us forward.-- Raphael Levchin, artist   View Levchin’s art along with the other artists and read their words about how they see the world and how they create their own worlds.

Exhibition Dates: November 2–November 10, 2012

Gallery hours, 12:00-4:00 PM / Tuesday-Saturday

Opening Reception Friday November 2, 2012 @ 6-8:30 PM


Lectures and Presentations

Saturday - Nov. 3 @ 10:00 AM
Mary Stenov, Teacher, Canterbury School of Florida
The alphabet is a group of characters and symbols created to represent the sound of the spoken word.  Canterbury third and fourth graders have used our recognized letter symbols to create sculpture, paintings and collages to represent themselves - in portrait form - creating images that are important to them and communicate a feeling or thought.  They are using color, texture and form in metal, paper, and paint to create magic.

Saturday - Nov. 3, through out the day
Eckerd College students participate as local artists through their interpretations of the Alphabet of Art Exhibition. 

Saturday - Nov. 3 @ 11:00 AM
Nazarre Merchant, USF St. Petersburg.  “Linguists have discovered numerous patterns common to languages of every type, many of them subtly affecting how we think and talk about language.  In this presentation Professor Merchant will discuss what these patterns are, how they both help and hinder us when trying to understand our own language, whether it be English or Japanese or Berber.”

Saturday - Nov. 3 @ 1:00 PM
Vitaly Rakhman, Nationally known artist, designer, publisher, and survivor of Siberian work camp.  He will discuss how the exhibition was created and will conduct a performance art experience.

Saturday - Nov. 3 @ 2:30 PM
Vitaly Komar, Internationally recognized artist, and survivor of repression of Non-Conformist artists in the Soviet Union. He will present and discuss his work and life experiences.

Saturday - Nov. 3 @ 7:30 PM
Both Vitaly Komar and Vitaly Rakhman will participate in an open discussion.

Friday - Nov. 9 @ 7:00  PM 
Victor Peppard, President of Russian Heritage Board and other members of the Board will discuss the theme of the exhibit using the Russian alphabet as their subject. The subject of Non-Conformist art will also be explored.

All events are free and open to the public

All symbols–whether they come from our dreams, works of art or religious
rituals–are interconnected. Letters of our alphabets were once pictures
inscribed on cave walls, clay tablets and papyrus. Paintings and pictures are
just words and letters united in the alphabet of art. --
Tanya Storch, Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, University of the Pacific

 


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