Lecture and Workshop at Purnell School
a retrospective exhibition spanning 30 years
31 january - march 30, 2013
MARCH 9, 2013
"A PAINTED JOURNEY"
a presentation of slides, stories and soundtrack
An armchair trip from the artist's New Jersey home, up the Garden State Parkway, onto Paris and Spain, travel back to Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and to public art murals. Listen to the sounds and stories while visiting the scenes that inspired Mijares' realist paintings for over 25 years.
"A Painted Journey" has toured schools, community, cancer and caregiver support groups, and 12 nursing homes (HEART Grant, Union County Freeholders, 1998, 1999).
"All of my paintings are recognizable images. Each painting is a window into the narrative of personal experience."
"I spent months at a rehabilitation center with my mother and learned how long a day could be. I saw personal loss accumulate-loss of loved ones, of physical mobility, of freedom-and weigh heavy on fragile spirits. Art, as it describes existence, goes to those holes and stimulates the senses. Seeing how the creative process evolves serves as template for the sorting and saving of experience-a central concern in the lives of seniors."
"I hope to 'transport' the confined, even if just for an hour."
"I am pleased to learn your nursing home visitations are receiving wonderful responses. Your care and concern for your mother are inspiring."
The late John Cardinal O'Connor
"There is no question that those who attended your session were enraptured. You easily met the goals of relieving caregiver stress and teaching the caregivers that there are many areas of personal fulfillment open to them."
Linda B. Auman, RN
Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, AdultCare Programs
"Our population is not able to attend cultural exhibits or museums on their own. Maria's talent brought art to our door...her life stories and art were so moving and entertaining...."
Betty Jo Hornung
Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
One hour-documentary presented by AARP
My work as artist and caregiver featured as one of 5 stories
The creators were looking for empty canvases to support their claim that a caregiver's work suffers. Instead, cameramen followed me to document a trip into the Newark subway tunnels, a presentation to a cancer support group, a visit to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, a limo ride to the airport to pick up family for a party, painting in the studio, as well as medications administered into my mother's feeding tube, and music selected for her pleasure. During the interview I explained that I had begun my caregiver role with real horror, but in the end I was clear-I believe my own work will gain meaning and become more powerful.
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, Lawrence, Kansas 2001 SYMPOSIUM
Twenty art historians and artists selected from across the country to present papers.
"For My Art's Sake: Facing off with Power"
...A Spanish nun stuns an artist by demanding that an innocent painting be destroyed. The pastor screamingly agrees. The subject? Three nuns, three priests lined up on a stage at a Christmas party. The woman artist was accused of hypnotizing the people.
Time and place? Middle Ages? Salem, MA.?
No. New Jersey, 1987
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