Art of Amore celebrates passion in art

OCEANSIDE — The Art of Amore fundraiser at Oceanside Museum of Art celebrated passion in art April 15.A unique lecture combined art history with live songs, and modeled fashion.

A dress designed by Stacie Taylor is modeled during the reception. Photo by Promise Yee

Slides of great Western and Eastern artwork were shown as Ed Fosmire, the museum’s executive director, and Julia Fister, the museum onsite education coordinator, explained how the artists’ works were inspired by passion and love.

Included in the lecture were slide images of “Venus and Mars” by Sandro Botticelli, “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini and “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. Tibet tankas and Buddhist inspired artworks were among the Asian artwork shown.

“The art is a historical look at love and passion,” Mitzi Summers, manager of programs and events at Oceanside Museum of Art, said.

“The artwork is widely varied. We’re hoping people will be really inspired by the lecture.”

Woven throughout the lecture were operatic refrains, Broadway show tunes and contemporary songs sung by Ric Henry, Vicki Hamilton and Amanda Dickson. Producer and director Henry selected and arranged the songs to compliment the artwork.

Another twist to the lecture was a walk-through fashion show of dresses and jewelry inspired by the artwork.

Kenneth Barlis stands in front wedding dresses he designed. Photo by Promise Yee

“Designers are showing works from their collections,” Danielle Deery, director of exhibits and communications at Oceanside Museum of Art, said. “It’s very romantic fashion and wedding gown designs.”

A wedding dress designed by Kenneth Barlis was modeled as an image of “Venus and Mars” was shown.

Later in the lecture one of the romantic dresses designed by Stacie Taylor was modeled as an image of “Apollo and Daphne” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini was projected.

The feather light Grecian-style dress had a decorative bonnence of woven gold cording.

“It’s tangled to show entrapment as he was turning her into a tree,” Taylor said.

Three additional dresses by Taylor complimented other artwork that was shown.

An outdoor reception before and after the lecture featured a large spread of hot hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne, wine and microbrew beers.

Models continued to pose as live mannequins during the reception.

“The ambiance is very important to set the mood for a lovely experience,” Summers said. “The timing is perfect with spring upon us.”

Funds raised during Art of Amore help support future museum exhibits, programs and education programs.

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