Gallery Openings and Events

The Convergence Arts Initiative Presents Seven Deadlies

Greed by Karen Swenholt. Courtesy of The Convergence Arts Initiative.

Greed by Karen Swenholt. Courtesy of The Convergence Arts Initiative.

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Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 18 from 7pm to 9pm

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The Convergence Arts Initiative hosts Seven Deadlies an exhibit of sculpture by Karen Swenholt in The Gallery @ Convergence.

Lust, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Wrath, Envy, Pride. In movies and books we are warned of the dangers of the “Seven Deadly Sins” and the judgment that comes with them. Yet, as Alexandra Sherman writes in her curator’s statement for a previous exhibit of Swenholt’s work; “In the context of this show we encounter empathy rather than judgment. Each sculpture acts as a window into a specific sin, but such care has been taken that it appears as if their creator mourns over these figures’ inability to break free. It is through this gentle touch that we are invited to see a different side of sin.” Swenholt writes of her own work; “I think of the world as a beautiful nest for our souls. My view of man’s function in the universe is optimistic and respectful but I also realize this life is dangerous. Loss is right around the corner for us all. My work reflects these tensions as I seek to make little monuments to man’s passions and to my understanding of God’s role in the world.”

About The Artist
Karen Swenholt is a figurative sculptor who lives and works in Northern Virginia. The combined influences of the loosely painted figurative work of Bay Area artists and the emotional power of abstract expressionism from her East Coast studies and origins have formed the foundation of Swenholt’s work today. The rough painterly surfaces of her sculptures contrast with their grace. She is particularly effective at depicting the human face along with gesture to convey emotion and movement.

Karen Swenholt is currently Artist in Residence at Convergence and has served as the Artist in Residence at Washington Shakespeare Company from 2002-2011 and at Wesley Theological Seminary throughout 2010. She has participated in numerous juried national exhibitions. Swenholt served as a board member of AGAP (Anacostia Gracious Arts Program). an organization which provides after-hours art education to under-privileged children.

Her work can be found in many public and private collections including the home of Bono (U2), The Vladmir Romanov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia and public institutions including Cairn University in Philadelphia, Wesley Theological Seminary and numerous churches across the United States.

For further updates on current work and events, please visit Karen’s personal Artpage at www.facebook.com/karenswenholtart or her website www.karenswenholt.com.

About the Convergence Arts Initiative
The Convergence Arts Initiative, founded in 2006, is a creative community of people who value diversity,exploration, and spirituality. We believe that imagination, creativity, and the arts are spiritual matters and their cultivation is of benefit to the church, our local community, and our world. Through association with local arts organizations, artists, counselors and the Church @ Convergence we provide resources of space, community, and professional and spiritual development. As a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, Convergence relies on grants, private donations, corporate sponsorships, and facility rentals. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more information on the latest news & blogs from artists and people in our community, the arts initiative, exhibits, performances, services, and space rentals.

Gallery Hours The 7 Deadlies exhibit is open to the public: 

  • Fridays: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays: 10am to 4pm
  • and by appointment call (703-998-6260)

The Gallery @ Convergence is located at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. For more information visit http://ourconvergence.org/events/seven-deadlies-reception-and-artist-talk.

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