Durham Arts Council Mounts Landmark Exhibit -

Silvia Heyden and Edith London:

Together Again
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The Durham Arts Council is mounting a landmark exhibition celebrating the creativity of two of Durham's most significant artists. Opening Jan. 11 and running through Feb. 28 is Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again. The show will feature 30 new tapestries by the weaver Heyden and 30 works by the late painter and collage artist Edith London.

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Silvia at her loom
Silvia at her loom
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The Durham Arts Council (DAC) presents Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again in the SunTrust Gallery of the Durham Arts Council from January 11 through February 28, 2014. The public is invited to the free opening reception for this exhibit on Third Friday, January 17th, from 5-7 PM. DAC’s galleries, voted “Best Gallery” in the May 2012 and October 2013 issue of Durham Magazine, are open during building hours, 9 AM – 9 PM Monday – Saturday, 1 PM – 6 PM Sunday.

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Painting by Edith London.
Painting by Edith London.
*London, German by birth, and Heyden, who is Swiss, met in Durham because their spouses were recruited to work at Duke University—Fritz London in physics and Siegfried Heyden in medicine. The two artists, while working in very different media, became instant friends and colleagues and shared a modernist aesthetic rooted in the Bauhaus tradition. Silvia Heyden and Edith London had already laid the groundwork for their careers in Europe. Edith studied art under well known French painters Marcel Gromaire and Andre Lhote. Silvia’s formal education came at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich from 1948-1953 under the Bauhaus tradition and led by the famous designer Johannes Itten. Both artists found their individual voices as they worked and lived in Durham.


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Weaverly Flow, Silvia Heyden.
Weaverly Flow, Silvia Heyden.
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Edith London, who died at age 93 in 1997, was the subject of a major show at the The Durham Art Guild in 1992. Silvia Heyden, 86, lives on the banks of the Eno River where she continues producing colorful tapestries inspired by her surroundings. London's medium was paint and torn bits of paper and fabric while Heyden's medium is linen fiber.
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Silvia Heyden at work.
Silvia Heyden at work.
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The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Horst Meyer and his late wife, Ruth Mary, a host of individual contributors, the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the Durham Art Guild. Lee Hansley of Raleigh is the exhibition curator. The show will be accompanied by a printed catalogue.





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Edith London at work.
Edith London at work.

  • A public opening is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 until 7 p.m.
  • Silvia Heyden will give an artist’s talk on Tuesday, January 28, from 7 until 8 p.m. Immediately following the talk will be a screening of the documentary film A Weaverly Path, by Kenny Dalsheimer, The Groove Productions. To learn more about the film, visit aweaverlypath.com.
  • Silvia Heyden will offer a fiber workshop, "From Fiber to Color", on February 8, 10:30 am - 12 Noon. Fee $15. Register through the DAC School: www.durhamarts.org.
  • All events will be held at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., downtown Durham. www.durhamarts.org


Join us on Friday January 17th for the opening reception!
Featuring a performance by jazz pianist Peter Martin, grandson of Edith London!

"An unbelievable musician with a unique kind of charisma. Not just the technical competence, but the deep kind of penetrating insight into music." Wynton Marsalis

Peter Martin will be offering a free performance in tribute to Silvia Heyden and Edith London on January 17 at 7 pm in the PSI Theatre of the Durham Arts Council.

Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator.
His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. In January 2011 Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama, and he returned to perform for the Governor’s Dinner in February 2012 for the first family and other guests. Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® winning release A Little Moonlight. He also appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck as well as being the featured pianist and an arranger on the Grammy® winning soundtrack. Peter has performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Peter attended the Juilliard School of Music and is presently on the faculty of Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). He has performed workshops and master classes at institutions worldwide, including Oberlin College, Northwestern University, Duke University, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, Steinway Piano Gallery, the Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.

www.petermartinmusic.com
ABOUT THE DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL
The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 400,000 visitors and program participants, over 600 artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. By supporting the Durham Arts Council, you help DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. For more information call 919.560.ARTS or visit our website at www.durhamarts.org.


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