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Get your art on at the Nave

By by carolina astraincastrain@vicad.com
Jan. 16, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 15, 2013 at 7:16 p.m.

Get Out columnist Carolina Astrain explores the Nave Museum which is currently showcasing a series of collages by curator Ann Harithas.

IF YOU GO

The Nave Museum is partnering with the American Advertising Federation-Victoria chapter to host a free networking event with extraordinary ambiance.

Mingle with area professionals, make new connections and generate opportunities while enjoying our current exhibit.

Wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Bring your business cards.

• WHAT: Networking at the Nave

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

• WHERE: The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

• COST: Free

Every now and again, the desire for beauty takes over.

The kind of beauty I found myself aching for one afternoon had me racing toward the Nave Museum before the end of their Sunday gallery hours.

On the outskirts of downtown Victoria, the museum is a lighthouse in an art-starved expanse dominated by football, ranching and fledging bar scenes.

On a recent quest for art, Ann Harithas' latest exhibition, "Transformative Visions," caught my attention.

Harithas, an accomplished artist and Nave museum curator, debuted her vibrant collage pieces in early December.

Now, almost two months later, Crossroads residents only have a few days to experience some artwork by the museum's own curator.

"I enjoy working on collages myself," said museum member Eva Cavazos while taking in a 2011 canvas titled, "Against Everything."

"It's about making connections between the ancient and modern day," she said.

The light blue canvas Cavazos, a former art teacher, stood before juxtaposed a classic image of Venus de Milo with a contemporary woman and parrots of South America.

Throughout the gallery, much of Harithas' work carried themes of modern day feminism, religion and military culture.

One canvas in the museum's introductory hall titled, "Elephant Power," had giant tire reminiscent of Burning Man-architect David Best's summer Nave exhibit titled, "Prayer Wheels."

Much of Harithas reminded me "Prayer Wheels," but "Transformative Visions" has a different theme and mission.

I'd be surprised if the two prolific artists aren't good friends.

Christian icons float throughout the exhibit, appearing in corners and sides of the canvases. "Straight Off the Shelf," seems to be the genesis canvas where the wandering child-Christ figure ascended from.

The canvas I would want to take home and display proudly in my living room is, "Oil Slick." Its brilliant neon orange backdrop makes the canvas appear as if it's lit-up from behind. The self-illuminating collage depicts a nostalgic woman from the '20s or so, swimming in a sea of melting icebergs.

It's one of the several bold, beautiful paintings on show this weekend by Harithas.

Make some calls and tell your friends to meet you this weekend at the Nave.

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