Finding Grace Artist Talk and Tour
DateJune 9, 2023
Event Starts12:00 PM
Join Shanna Shelby, curator of exhibitions for Denver Arts & Venues, and photographer Wendi Schneider for a tour and discussion of "Finding Grace" on display at Buell Theatre May 1-July 2, 2023
This event is free and open to the public. Guests may join us in person or online. Please register in order to get a link and instructions to join the discussion.
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About the Exhibition
Wendi Schneider is a well-known photographer and is a strong supporter of the photographic art community in Denver. She has served on the Colorado Photographic Arts Center board, curated exhibitions, hosted networking dinners, and supported her fellow photographic artists in a variety of ways. While Wendi has received major national attention for her photographs, her work has not been celebrated in her hometown of Denver. This important exhibition spans several decades of Wendi’s artistic portfolio. The continuous thread through all her work is grace. There is a beauty and quiet calm in everything she creates. The nature work is sometimes a serene view of trees at night, or the calm resting of a bird, or a portrait of a flower. The colors are subtle, bringing the viewer a warm sense of tranquility. By adding gold and silver gilding to her photos, a sense of preciousness is created. We live in a world where time never stops, and everything around us is constantly changing. Yet, when we experience Wendi’s work, we feel a pause in the rush of time and we can experience a moment of stillness.
About the Artist
Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based artist internationally known for her ongoing series of hand gilded photographs – States of Grace.
Schneider grew up in a family of several generations of artists, later studying art history and painting. Her interest in photography germinated in the early 1980s when using a camera to reference models for her oil paintings. Mesmerized by the possibilities of the photographic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, Schneider began to layer oil paint onto her photographs to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined. This process laid the groundwork for the unique layering and gilding that later became the foundation of States of Grace.
Schneider’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Auburn University Library Special Collections and The Try-Me Collection, as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been published and exhibited extensively worldwide, and is represented by A Gallery for Fine Photography (New Orleans), Arnika Dawkins Gallery (Atlanta), Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston), Etherton Gallery (Tucson), PhotoGraphic Gallery (San Miguel de Allende), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York) and Vision Gallery (Jerusalem).