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Emanations, a selection of collection of abstract, figurative portraits of Abraham Lincoln created by Wendy Allen is on display in the Majestic Theater art gallery daily through the end of November. Admission is free.
"I set out to create individual works of art that would combine to convey a singular experience," explains Allen. "Guided by color and use of iconic photographs of Lincoln for reference, I wanted to create abstract figurative interpretations - emanations - of Lincoln.
A free, public reception with the artist will be held in the Majestic Theater Art Gallery on Friday, September 9, 5:30-7 pm.
Wendy Allen was born in Pittsburgh in 1955. For 30 years, she pursued a career in educational publishing, lastly as Creative Director for a major children’s publisher. In 2007 she left to pursue painting full-time.
Art became Allen’s passion in 1983, when she painted her first portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He soon became the focus of her artwork. In 2009, the year of the Lincoln Bicentennial, CNN aired an interview about Allen’s unique career. Her work has also been featured at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., alongside Lincoln portraits by Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, and Norman Rockwell. In recent years, her work has been exhibited at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art (MD), Katonah Museum of Art (NY), and the Lowes Statehouse in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2018, she was selected to be the 7th annual Rolland Lecturer, sponsored by the Lupke Foundation, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2019, she was awarded the Key to Gettysburg, and the YWCA's Callie Award for Gettysburg Business Woman of the Year. In 2020 she was a guest speaker at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, and a guest lecturer broadcast on C-Span 3. In 2019, she was awarded the “Key to Gettysburg” by the Mayor.
Allen serves on Board of Directors of The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, and is the founder and daily presenter of the Fellowship’s One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg program. She is also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Lincoln Forum.
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