Elizabete Melbārzde’s First USA Solo Exhibition to be held at FDUFairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Library is proud to hold the first USA solo exhibition of Latvian artist Elizabete Melbārzde’s “Drawings for the Ballet,” featuring ink and hieroglyph brush drawings, from October 1 until November 21. The exhibition is open to the public free-of-charge and can be viewed during library hours: Mon.¬-Thu., 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 2-10 p.m.
An exhibition catalog of her work describes the art of Elizabete Melbārzde as conveying her thoughts, dreams and emotions in ballet-dancer forms. Just as little girls express their sentiments and aspirations through drawing princesses, angels and ballerinas, this artist imagines figures portraying a woman’s grace, and symbolizing her soul and her fragility. The ballerinas are like angels, only wearing tutus instead of wings.
Unlike much of modern art whose aim is often to shock viewers, Elizabete Melbārzde’s aim is to delight the eye, comments Eleanor Friedl, exhibit curator. This artist prefers to continue the centuries-old artistic goal of presenting and interpreting beauty, be that beauty subjective or objective, absolute or relative.
Since 1999, the work of this internationally recognized painter and sculptor has been shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions at various galleries and museum venues in Riga, Latvia and in the U.K. Her work is held in private collections in Latvia, the U.K, France, Germany, Russia, U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Italy.
Melbārzde holds a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Painting, Art Academy of Latvia and is a member of the Artists Union of Latvia.