Day OutHere There Be DragonsInstallation ViewRefuge IWedding Guest IISippin' TimeOur Lady of Perpetual ExhaustionOur Lady of Perpetual ExhaustionOur Lady of Perpetual ExhaustionBefore Sunrise - Gull LakeSick CupcakeCampaigning CupcakeSKU: Rain of False ProfitsInstalltion ViewSuzanne Shaddai (The Shepardess)The Gospel According to MomPortable Altar Ego: Our Lady of Perpetual Confusion and Our Lady of the Perpetual StudentInstallation ViewInspite of It All My Morning Cup of Tea Finds MeMedicine Basket MaskGaia MaskDay OutSelf Portrait with Leopard Skin Oven Mitt and Loaded BrushSplit EndsSplit EndsVeil of DreamsThe ShouldingLove BindsInstallation ViewAnne AskewAnne AskewInstallation ViewHawaiian Creation Chant Series VIIIHawaiian Creation Chant Series IVHead in the CloudsHead in the CloudsInstallation ViewOur Lady of Perpetual ExhaustionThe Bride

Coffee ring design by Amy E. GrayOur Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion
an invitational exhibition with the Watergate Gallery
August 27 - October 4, 2013
Reception and Artist Talk:
Tuesday September 24th 12:00 – 1:30pm

  • Curator's Statement
  • Artists
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion (OLPE) is an invitational exhibition offered in collaboration with Watergate Gallery.

    Cynthia Farrell Johnson (a previous Artist-in-Residence here at Wesley’s Luce Center of Art & Religion) and Helen Zughaib conceived of this rich idea many months ago in an effort to bring a level of understanding to the hectic lives that so many of us lead. Dozens of artists were invited to create or contribute an artwork in their preferred media, inspired by this statement:

    Every morning as soon as my eyes fly open, I think of all the "to-do’s" of the day. After sending up a prayer for strength and positive energy, I also give a shout out to Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion. She is a model of patience, ingenuity and grace in dealing with the routine and unexpected challenges of the day. Not everyone is a believer. For those who are not particularly religious or spiritual, we do not doubt that there is some type of morning ritual used to get motivated, to get energized or to get the creative and innovative juices flowing. We all need some type of inspiration to help us as we confront lives that seem to be getting more complicated with each passing day. The list of obligations often seems endless. We all have someone in our lives who has inspired us by their seemingly indefatigable nature, sense of humor, and capacity for forgiveness. What is your interpretation of Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion?

    Most people cannot think of a individual who has not been affected by the epidemic condition of perpetual exhaustion in any number of ways, and nearly everyone –of both sexes– recognizes it as a virtually inescapable malady of life today. The resulting exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, collages, stained glass, masks and sculptures presents the candid contributions of fifty artists from across the United States. Whether wickedly witty, eruditely ironic, a suggested antidote, or imbued with compassionate humanity, each artist offers their uniquely expressive insight. We encourage you to slow your pace, ponder the images, settle down with the OLPE exhibition notebook, and reflect on the artists’ statements about their work on view here. What is your interpretation of Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion?

    Artists participating at the Dadian:
    Ginger Henry Geyer, Austin, TX
    Amy E. Gray, Alexandria, VA
    Pauline Jakobsberg, Potomac, MD
    Cynthia Farrell Johnson, Washington, DC
    Geraldine Kiefer, WInchester, VA
    Trudi Y. Ludwig, Baltimore, MD
    Edward McCluny, Washington, DC
    Rosemary Markowski, Gore, VA
    Tonia Matthews, Baltimore, MD
    Maureen Melville, McLean, VA
    Lauren Raine, Tucson, AZ
    Jackie Reeves, Boston, MA
    Cecilia Rossey, Wellfleet, MA
    Alexandra N. Sherman, Washington, DC
    Karen Swenholt, Annandale, VA
    Ellen Verdon Winkler, Kensington, MD
    Max-Karl Winkler, Kensington, MD
    Cyndi Wish, Provincetown, MA
    Martine Workman, Washington, DC
    Helen Zughaib, Washington, DC

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