'beauty through pain' exhibit sprung from sorrow

The source of the touching exhibit by local artist Beata Lieders at the Fond du Lac Public Library is profoundly sad: on June 16 this year, her son Blake died in a sudden, tragic accident.

“I lost a part of me. I lost my first born, my only son,” Lieders wrote in her statement for the exhibit, beauty through pain.

The exhibit will be on display through September at the library gallery. A public reception is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 19. Refreshments will be served; no registration necessary.

“I paint from the pain and bring out that beauty inside,” Lieders wrote. “More than ever I have found how therapeutic art is, not just for me but for others as well. Creating was helping me deal with the pain so well that I wanted to share the experience with others.”

So Lieders put out a call for contributions from others whose lives were touched by her son. The result – The Blake Project – is a group art piece, with several of Blake’s family members and friends contributing. It will be on display in the gallery as well as a piece by her late son.

All Lieder’s paintings in the exhibit evoke memories or aspects of Blake’s life. Images of sunflowers, in vibrant blue and yellow, repeat throughout; they were Blake’s favorite.

The exhibit is presented by Fond du Lac Visual Arts, a professional arts group devoted to art awareness and education, development and enhancement of artists’ skills and strengthening connections between art and commerce in the Fond du Lac area.


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