Promised Land Opens this Thursday, July 31, 6-8PM
EXHIBITION HOURS: AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 7, 2014; Wednesday & Thursday, 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-8pm; Sunday 12-5pm
5th Avenue Pavillion of the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 501 – 503 at 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ USA

Image above: By Lisa Marie Thalhammer. A Gay Queen of the Waves, 2014. Rembrandt pastel and Liquitex acrylic and gel mediums, 86″x71″.

Inspired by Transformer’s Promised Land Artist Residency in Asbury Park, the large scale painting and print series on exhibition by Lisa Marie Thalhammer references a 1888 cover of The National Police Gazette, which dipicted the earliest record of surfing in the Colonial USA. This illustration titled “The Gay Queen of the Waves,” pictures a girl surfing off the shores of Asbury Park, New Jersey back in the 19th century. Thalhammer’s contemporary appropriation of this girl from Sandwich Island (which was the name given to the Hawaiian Islands by James Cook in 1778), builds upon her current “Rainbow Warrior” series of self portraits in mystical regions of the world.

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Promised Land Exhibition Opening Weekend:
Thursday, July 31, 6-8PM: Promised Land Opening Reception.
Saturday, August 2, 3PM: Promised Land featured painters Kevin Darmanie & Lisa Marie Thalhammer present an informal talk of their work moderated by Tim Doud, painter and Associate Professor of Art and Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Studio Art Program in the Department of Art, American University (Washington, DC).

Watch an interview with Promised Land curator and Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director, Victorial Reis.  Read about Promised Land  in the Asbury Park Press !

Visit transformerdc.org for Promised Land artist statements & bios, and updates on weekly creative & educational programming throughout the run of the exhibition.
Image credit: Promised Land by Vigg Designs