Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Haitian Artists Aims To Raise Relief Funds for Victims of Earthquake

An exhibition that aims to raise relief funds for the victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake is now on view at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM), 409 Prospect St.

“Haiti Rising: Selections from the Stanley Popiel and Ingrid Feddersen Collection of Eastern Connecticut State University” features 50 paintings and sculptures by more than 30 Haitian artists. The show has been organized by ISM, the Department of Gallery and Museum Services of Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and the Overseas Ministries Study Center.

The works on view are from the collection that Feddersen and Popiel amassed during their many visits to Haiti between 1979 and 1999, and have donated to ECSU.

“The works in this exhibition differ widely in style from primitive to abstract expressionist to the surreal, and in subject matter — including the juxtaposition of Voodoo and Christianity, village and city life, poverty and wealth, and peace or destruction,” says Elizabeth H. Peterson, director of ECSU’s Akus Gallery. “‘Haiti Rising’ reflects the vibrancy of Haiti’s history, the depth of Haiti’s need, particularly now as the nation rebuilds, and the wealth of its people in spirit to rise and emerge stronger.”

Artists featured in the exhibition include Préfète Duffaut, Wifrid Teleon, Serge Geffrard, Roland St. Hubert, Hyppolite Felizor and Roger François.

There will be a reception on Monday, June 14, featuring remarks by Robert Lamothe ‘77 B.A., a professor at Norwalk Community College who was born in Haiti and has been deeply involved in relief efforts for the island nation, as well as a selection of Haitian music. The reception will take place 4:30-6 p.m. in the Great Hall of ISM. Free-will offerings at the door will go to the Mennonite Central Committee’s Haiti Earthquake Response (http://mcc.org/haitiearthquake). Donations may also be made to that organization online at http://secure.omsc.org/donate.

Donations are also being accepted through the Haitian Health Foundation, which has long been supported by ECSU and the Popiel family, at www.haitianhealthfoundation.org.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 17, is supported by the Yale Divinity School.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge weekdays (except holidays) 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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