What a beautiful gathering for Anca Hariton’s opening reception for METAMORPHORA! Our spring artist poetically and tenderly gathered us into the fold of hora, the circle, reminding us that the blood lines of our ancestors are imprinted within us. We all stood in wonder—and perhaps even a bit in love—at the unveiling of this sensitive series on the Judeo-Christian story of Creation.
One of the patrons even remarked in great wonder: “Anca’s paintings remind me of Hilma af Klint!”, an early anthroposophist whose work is now showing at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York City. While Hilma’s works needed to wait 80 years for the appropriate temple to showcase them, Anca’s paintings have found their temporary home here in Portland. We at The Art Hall are blessed to have them on view for two months!
Anca shared that as a Waldorf teacher of Grade Three she felt she had not done justice to her subject. So inspired, she created this series while traveling and living abroad with her husband. Having fled communist Romania, Anca reveled in the heart-opening opportunity to study Rudolf Steiner openly and to manifest herself as a teacher and artist in this 100-year-old tradition.
One can clearly see the sturdiness of the architectural training Anca brought with her from Romania in the details of her work and similarly appreciate how an anthroposophical lens has deepened her study of color. With plans to publish a book of these images accompanied by her poetry in mind, we were treated to Anca’s reciting of the poem with a line corresponding to each of the paintings.
Anyone with interest can visit The Art Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when Cedarwood is in session. If you’d like to schedule a visit outside of school hours, please contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Some original works are still available for purchase. Anca has also prepared some beautiful high quality 8X10” prints and 5X7” postcards. For those, please contact her directly at email@example.com.